At IRD/UMAction, we have often found much that is problematic and unhelpful from our United Methodist bishops.
But a pleasant breath of fresh air is offered in the recent Christmas message of Bishop Mark Webb of the Upper New York Annual Conference.
He references a 2015 article by Jason Soroski (which can be found on Crosswalk.com) easy-to-miss but theologically key moment of the beloved classic children’s cartoon, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
The bishop goes onto talk about how Jesus Christ frees us from our fears, our self-sufficiency, and brokenness, and urges us to reach out to share the Good News about Him with our neighbors.
Bishop Webb’s brief, encouraging message, can be viewed on the official Upper New York Conference Vimeo channel, or below: