Embracing the wideness : the shared convictions of the United Methodist Church / Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.

By: Carter, Kenneth H
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Nashville, TN : Abingdon Press, 2018Description: xiii, 135 pages ; 21cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1501871560; 9781501871566Subject(s): United Methodist Church (U.S.) -- Doctrines | Church controversies -- United Methodist Church (U.S.)DDC classification: 287.6 LOC classification: BX8331.2 | .C377 2018
Contents:
1. Generous orthodoxy and the people called Methodist -- 2. Confessing and reconciling -- 3. So free, so infinite His grace -- 4. Discerning the movement of the Holy Spirit amidst deep cultural change -- 5. God hath bid all humankind -- 6. A Catholic spirit reconsidered -- 7. We do not lose heart -- 8. The local option, from Corinth to the present moment -- 9. Just resolution as an expression of restorative justice -- 10. Bridges -- Afterword: To embrace the wideness of God's mercy is to be one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic.
Summary: "At times, a denomination is able to remain viable despite divergent understandings of holiness, and the church can accomplish its mission regardless of believers’ differences. Other times, those differences cause fragmentation and division with each side doing harm to the other. In Embracing the Wideness, author Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. discusses two distinct conceptions of church within the United Methodist denomination: a separatist church which views holiness as a calling and an activist church which sees holiness as a movement to change an unjust world. He challenges readers to accept a generous orthodoxy to avoid becoming immersed in the emotional processes that pit people against one another and to acknowledge the miraculous source of our capacity to be healed of our schisms."--Publisher.
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1. Generous orthodoxy and the people called Methodist -- 2. Confessing and reconciling -- 3. So free, so infinite His grace -- 4. Discerning the movement of the Holy Spirit amidst deep cultural change -- 5. God hath bid all humankind -- 6. A Catholic spirit reconsidered -- 7. We do not lose heart -- 8. The local option, from Corinth to the present moment -- 9. Just resolution as an expression of restorative justice -- 10. Bridges -- Afterword: To embrace the wideness of God's mercy is to be one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic.

"At times, a denomination is able to remain viable despite divergent understandings of holiness, and the church can accomplish its mission regardless of believers’ differences. Other times, those differences cause fragmentation and division with each side doing harm to the other. In Embracing the Wideness, author Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. discusses two distinct conceptions of church within the United Methodist denomination: a separatist church which views holiness as a calling and an activist church which sees holiness as a movement to change an unjust world. He challenges readers to accept a generous orthodoxy to avoid becoming immersed in the emotional processes that pit people against one another and to acknowledge the miraculous source of our capacity to be healed of our schisms."--Publisher.

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