Walking in Memphis?


I have been thinking about how to eloquently describe my thoughts in regards to the recent Joshua Convergence and its place in comparison to the Memphis Declaration. As I was working my thoughts out, Joel Rainey has beaten me to the punch. I’m not interested in simply repeating thoughts when they’ve already been well said and so I want to encourage you to read Joel’s recent post as a source of information. You can find it here.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He's Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he's a debtor to grace.

4 thoughts on “Walking in Memphis?

  1. Jason-

    While I appreciate the Memphis Declaration from 1992 I don’t think you can accurately compare the two. Each was addressing separate problems that they found in their denominational stream. I don’t “favor” the 1992 document because to do so would be to compare apples and oranges.

    I do appreciate, however, the 1992 document as I do the newest document. I probably value the newer document more, on a personal level, because it affects me personally, as I’m not associated with the Methodist church.

    Thanks for the link!

  2. I was being a little sarcastic Micah. Sarcasm is a spiritual gift, don’t you think?

    It was interesting to me that in all the world, there would be two documents called the Memphis Declaration, and they would both have to do with denominational issues.

    Now I read that the UMC has a new group formed within its midst, called “Mainstream United Methodists,” or some such thing. They were formed in response to what they describe as a fundamentalist surge in the United Methodist Church that does not seek to love all people, and does not accept the concept of open minds, open hearts, all that crap. And I read that a prominent member of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists has wished them well.
    Funny thing is, that prominent MOB member would seem like a fundamentalist in our denomination. Heck he would look like Jerry Fallwell and Don Wildmon’s love child compared to liberal United Methodists, who would condone not only the open practice of homosexuality, but of the ordination of homosexuals.
    Just some thoughts.
    And the link is my pleasure, sincerely. I enjoy reading your blog.

  3. Jason-

    Sorry that I did not read the sarcasm in your comment. Like I said, I really don’t know much about their denominational problems, or tensions, so I can’t really comment on their document.

    You are correct, however, that it is interesting that these two statements are somewhat close in intent (denominational transition) and originated at the same place.

    Thanks for the compliment.

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