Praise for “The Secret Transcript of the Council of Bishops”

“Wood is an astute observer of things Methodist. This fictional conversation regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the church is laced with humor and irony, and a careful mining of historical resources. One hopes real-life bishops struggle as fully with the religion of the heart, or Wesley’s practical theology and views on justification. Our current impasse is made clearer, and helpful hints are provided as to how we might find a way forward, together.”–PHILIP A. AMERSON, President-Emeritus, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“Sadly, I missed this meeting of the Council of Bishops. The level of conversation is certainly more scintillating than most of the conversations I’ve heard at the United Methodist Council of Bishops. Wood has recorded a remarkably faithful exchange on some controversial subjects….For all those in my beloved church who pray for edifying, healing, Christian conferencing, wait until you read this secret transcript!”–WILL WILLIMON, United Methodist Bishop, retired, and Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School

“John Wesley knew people would not all agree, even in the church! He encouraged honest, open, and respectful conversation that was ‘always in grace, seasoned with salt, carefully planned, not to long in duration,’ and begun, continued, and concluded in prayer. There’s much to learn from Wood’s ‘secret’ imaginary conversation as The United Methodist Council of Bishops stay connected utilizing Wesley’s guidance and wisdom to deepen the difficult conversation on homosexuality and discerning God’s direction for the church.”–SHARON ZIMMERMAN RADER, Retired Bishop

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