I joined a Methodist Church quite by accident.
No, not that much by accident. I knew what Methodists were and all that.
But I was not looking for a denomination. I was looking for a congregation that had the low-key but friendly feel of the little Baptist Church I grew up in.
And there are some things about the United Methodist Church that drive me a little buggy, such as their relentless drive to rewrite hymns.
Or how, in the Apostles’ Creed, where the word “catholic” appears, they footnote it. The footnote points out that “catholic” means “universal.” Why, I asked my pastor, don’t they just change it to “universal”? “I don’t know,” he said. (Ya know, you just can’t complain about an honest answer.)
Of course, whenever you gather several million persons together in one outfit, there are bound to be areas of disagreement, even though most of those people believe fundamentally the same things.
Nevertheless, this counterbalances any little gripes I might have:
Earlier this month, at the United Methodist Churchâ€™s (UMC) Quadrennial General Conference, the UMCâ€™s governing body, voted overwhelmingly â€” 844 to 20 â€” to refer a petition to its South Central Jurisdiction. The petition urges the rejection of President Bushâ€™s presidential library which is set to be housed at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
A Methodist University is not a fitting site at which to memorialize a liar.
Well, actually, no legitimate university is.
Now, there’s this room that’s no longer used at the Borgata that would be just perfect . . . .
Via the Booman.