Monthly Archives: May, 2016

Jesus-Memorial Day: “Be Relaxed”

ChristinYouHopeDescribe Jesus Christ in one word.  Some say, “teacher, great rabbi, revolutionary, legend.”

The word that describes Jesus is: RELAXED!”  If there’s anything we long for on three day weekends-if not every day, it’s to be relaxed. Easier said than done.

Wether he was mobbed by hungry people, or those seeking a miracle, or his being judged, mocked by vicious pharisees-Jesus was what?  He was what you and I aren’t at times; he was RELAXED!

So happy start to your summer-fun, fun, fun. Jesus says to you and me-“My peace I give to you, not as the world gives, so I give to you-do not be troubled, do not be afraid (John 14:27)”

Jesus says to us—–:images

See ya Sunday! Your Servant- Pastor John

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Closing Moments: The GC 2016

Like annual conference, the last day of general conference has delegates tired: due to countless meetings, motions to amend, substitute, refer, and “point of order.”

imagesWith all due respect its interesting how many times certain bishops are behind the presiding Bishop on the platform. Bishops behind the presiding Bishop are there to assist with Robert’s Rule of Order interpretation. Bishop Sally Dick from the Chicago area  and Bishop Bob Hoshibita from Desert Southwest have been on the platform as presiding Bishops before and one of both of them have been back up Bishops here at General conference. Why can’t there be other bishops on the platform who haven’t served in these capacities before? Who appears on the platform as bishops I understand is decided by a presiding bishops committee.

Most interesting were some comments from an African delegate who is a district superintendent. He says that within the United Methodist Church is a culture of Jesus Christ. He commented that when he visits a church and they have customs within their church that aren’t in line with the culture of Jesus Christ-he calls them out.

Here’s the last petition from church and society number 60249, that some interpret as promoting abortion. It’s imagesdefeated. 

Question. The Church of Jesus Christ biblically is understood as the Bride of Christ.  When Christ returns, will HE find the church worthy?  That’s you and me.

I so thank the Lord and those who have prayed for me during this 2016 General Conference of the worldwide United Methodist Church! God bless The United Methodist Church.  Thanks so much for this experience O Ancient of Days-I love you so.  Pastor John

 

 

Don’t Jump to Conclusions! GC/5-20-16

imagesFor you at Ritzville Trinity I simply say:

The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church has not changed.

The media has picked up on the happenings here at GC 2016 in Portland and jumped to all kinds of conclusions.

I so respect all views in regards to LGBTQ people. I have a gay brother,images whom I love very much.

All people regardless of sexual orientation are welcome within The United Methodist Church. Present ordained pastors have agreed to uphold the present doctrine within The Book of Discipline.

Sunday, I do not plan to speak about General Conference, as we will be praising God’s living presence in the lives of three graduates-two high school and one university student.

I will speak later about the experience known as General Conference 2016, Portland.

Don’t jump to conclusions.  God, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not through with The United Methodist Church!  Pastor John

 

From The USA to now the World-GC-5/20/16

imagesAre you a big picture person or one who is just into details?

Regardless of one’s theological belief, a new reality has come.

Up until 2016 the United Methodist Church came out of England and has been managed in the USA.

Hello Holy Spirit. New development. We have now a truly world church. Faith and involvement in Jesus Christ is declining in the USA. Yet in Africa the faith and involvement in Jesus Christ is growing, exploding.

Thank you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-The United Methodist Church is truly making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the imagesworld.

What has happened here at General Conference I believe will lead to a stronger spiritual coalition between the Evangelical movement within the USA-and the spiritual leaders and people of Africa. It is my belief that by 2020 the majority of United Methodists will not be from North America but in the other countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Spiritually be a big picture person-God is on the move. Seek his face, seek the Holy Spirit’s instruction, and rejoice-the Risen Christ is truly at work-beyond what we may comprehend.  Jesus Christ reigns.

Stay tuned-its lunch time.  Pastor John

 

 

 

Last Day GC 2016-Jonah-Shows Us the Way!

imagesAs I anticipate the 2016 General Conference closing, the Holy Spirit draws me to the lessons of Jonah, which are:

1. What we run from is what eventually what we will have to face up to. The Lord God is Alpha and Omega; one day all knees will bow and all tongues confess that Jesus Christ is LORD;

2. Worship has been excellent; even now at GC, we are celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus; and His coming again-praise God;images

3.  Will we, individually, and as part of (The bride of Christ, called His Church) repent, and obediently follow?

Like Jonah, our witness isn’t through an institution, but through us individually.  I will be further writing about the dynamics I have witnessed here at General Conference. Bishop Elaine Stanovski is preaching about Jesus and Resurrection and I am intently listening to God’s witness through her. Part of her message right now are the words: “Lord, God have mercy on me a sinner.” Yes I agree. All any one of us can do is take responsibility for our own relationship with God through Christ.

imagesConference has been exciting, frustrating, inspiring, and discouraging, yet Jesus is on the throne.  Signs of the times are all around us-yet what do they point us to?  Jesus says:”An evil and adulterous generation craves a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” (Matthew 16:4).

So hang in there-We love Jesus Christ, I Love His Church!  -Pastor John

 

Issues This Afternoon-Thurs-5/19/GC 2016

Some of the action this afternoon:

imagesPetitions:   1. Petition to remove United Methodist Church from imagesparticipating in the Religious Coalition for Reproduction Choice-a pro abortion group that uses the name of The United Methodist Church; this petition passed.

2.  Petition to remove white privilege; in that statistics show that law enforcement unfairly arrests non whites in proportion to  non white people for criminal offenses. Petition passed;

3. Petition calling for health care for all USA citizens-a movement toward a single payer system, based in increments. Petition passed.

85 petitions still need to come before General Conference before closing tomorrow. Relatively pleasant as compared to yesterday’s fireworks.

Stayed tuned-John

What Are You Seeing? GC 2016

imagesYears ago I asked a parishioner: “Grace what kind of people do you have here in this town?”  She replied, “Sonny, what kind of people are you looking for?”.

What do you see? The good, the bad, or the ugly.  What you look for is where you end up.

In General Conference 2016 I love what I see: personal holiness, social justice, an emphasis on making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

What’s beautiful?: 1. There is no other Church in the world that includes as many people groups, races, and cultures.  2. Like all families at times we have different points of view; 3. Unlike many families and churches there is nothing the United Methodist Church won’t talk about. Many churches  won’t even recognize, or  have the  openness to discuss certain difficult topics.

Trivia petitions right now. No disrespect meant. Had lunch with Steve and Ann Swannack, visiting from St. John.

Just had a great conversation with a major official of our Pacific Northwest annual. I asked him questions and he was very open with me. The blessed Holy Spirit is at work. My energy and spirit are recharged.

Stay tuned-John

 

 

 

Trouble with Parliamentary Calls at GC 2016!

images imagesBeing a fan of sports I have noticed a trend. Athletes in college are so fast that the refs  have trouble keeping up with the tempo of the game. So it has been here at General Confer of The United Methodist Church-2016.

The first qualification for the office of Bishop is not that of being a parliamentarian, yet it is the Bishops who preside.

There has been a growing concern about the inability of the bishops to be consistently proper in their Robert’s Rule of order declarations,to keep up with the tempo of all the points of order, amendments, and substitute motions.

The result is that a motion just passed to refer to the council of bishops the hiring of  a professional parliamentarian for the next general conference, which will be before 2020.

So, where there is little trust, there always is more of a concern with process than passing content.

Stay tuned. John 

 

Perception of Reality vs God’s Reality-GC 2016

Yesterday was a whirl wind. Appearance of reality is not always reality. Reality is what?  Scripture: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Cor. 4:18)

Yesterday Conference authorized the Bishops to create a commission to address the divisions within the church and to propose a way forward by a vote of 428 to 405. The council of Bishops has issued a statement. Go to official United Methodist web sites to actually read the Bishop’s statement. For you of Ritz Trinity I am sending the bishop’s statement to Kathy Schafer so you can read the statement there.

Reality is:

  1. The Book of Discipline remains the same-nothing has changed;
  2. If the commission is nothing more than a ploy to further a progressive agenda disguised as a plan for unity, it will lead to deeper division and possibly schism;
  3. If we who represent the majority of the church are a minority on the commission, it will have little credibility and United Methodists will be skeptical of its recommendation.

Now I understand a new commission will be created within the Pacific Northwest annual conference. The orthodox viewpoint needs to be represented. I will be available to be one of those voices, Bishop Hagiya.

Stay tuned-John

 

 

 

Boxing Match or Chess? GC 2016 in Portland

Honestly right now, I am a mix of thought and emotion. Today has been a roller coaster of doings. Its been like watching a spiritual chess or boxing match between the two sides.

1. Council of Bishops offered address calling for a further study of sexuality issues;

images2.   Motion to adopt Bishops call for special commission to study things defeated;

3.   Now there has been a call by the LGBTQ side to remove a conservative presiding bishop.

People are desperate. Could this be a spiritual battle that is taking place involving principality and powers???

A basic spiritual principle is involved here: what we run from is what one day we will run right into for God is in control.

Stay tuned-John