Skip to comments.Allen Hunt, Methodist Minister ...Journeys Home (Catholic, Re: Real Presence)
Posted on 02/03/2008 8:00:08 PM PST by Pyro7480
Through an acquaintance, I learned today that Allen Hunt, an Atlanta area Methodist minister has recently been received into the Catholic Church. Hunt has been serving as pastor at an Atlanta Methodist church, and has also been steadily growing his Allen Hunt Show radio ministry, which currently is syndicated on 13 stations with eyes on growing to 75 stations by the end of the year. The show airs on mainstream stations, out of a desire to be, well, mainstream and therefore reach a larger audience.
I emailed Hunt to find out if what I had heard was indeed true, and he responded in the affirmative. So, to Allen Hunt, we say, Welcome Home! I asked him for a summary of his reasons for coming into the Church, and he gave me permission to publish the following:
[T]his transition reflects my personal journey over the past 15 years. When on vacation, I have usually worshipped at Catholic churches because I felt most at home there. Since stepping aside from my role at Mount Pisgah, I have had the freedom to consider why I felt most at home in the Catholic Church.
To make a long story short, I do believe in the real presence of Christ in communion. That doctrine is very important to me as is the notion that Christ birthed one Church. I have struggled with both of these issues internally for a number of years. The fact that there are 30,000 branches of Christianity in America alone grieves my heart. I believe that continuing division and debate over essentials provides a poor witness to the lost about our Christian unity in the one Lord. My ministry in radio has only served to reinforce that conviction. Finally, I have always struggled with the idea I call doctrine by democracy. I simply have not been able to get my arms around the concept that we vote on certain things to decide what is true.
Today apparently is Real Presence Day on the Free Republic Religion Forum.
Someone sent me the news via Facebook. It literally made my day, after the Patriots lost. ;-) God provides!
Facebook is a great thing. I love when I discover that friends got married on Facebook, always a bit of a surprise.
The Pats lost due to the MN connection of Moss and Maroney...both great talents, but they have the curse of MN sports on them it seems...yes, I”m from MN, and bleed the purple and gold...
LOL! Did you mean to write that on the other thread? ;-)
Rev. Hunt, Welcome home to the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church!
More and moroe converts, aren’t there?
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BWA HAHAHAHAHA - trumpeting the conversion of The Donut Man - BWA HAHAHAHAHA!
no, this one, I saw you noted the Pats lost and I thought that meant you were bummed...if it’s the opposite then congrats...either way, most of the good former MN athletes bring the MN stink eye with them to their new teams (sans Big Papi and Mientkiwicz with the Sox...
Some day MN will have a title of some sort again!!!!!!!!!
No, sorry for the confusion. I meant the two things made my day - the Patriots losing, and then the word I received over Facebook. Both were positive.
Truth is not subject to a majority vote. - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Saved that quote! Good one.
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You’re really stuck on the Donut man.
I am a fully ordained Methodist pastor.
I appreciate that Hunt has been public rather than using his pulpit as a platform for subterfuge against our denomination.
His comment about 30000 Christian denominations in America is ignorant. (I challenge anyone to give me a list of them.)
I understand sometimes the desire to depart the United Methodist Church, but anyone really in touch with the weaknesses of our church would not choose Catholic — they have exactly the same weaknesses....and in spades!
A truly in touch Methodist would go to some kind of evangelical Orthodox or some kind of evangelical liturgical church. I don’t know if there is such a thing, but I’m sure the orthodox voice on FR will let me know.
“A truly in touch Methodist would go to some kind of evangelical Orthodox or some kind of evangelical liturgical church. I dont know if there is such a thing, but Im sure the orthodox voice on FR will let me know.”
The “Orthodox Voice” will have to give his own opinion later, Padre. As for my two cents worth, the whole idea of an “evangelical Orthodox Church” in the way I suspect you mean it is an American phenomenon. A large group of evangelicals founded just such a thing but they soon we were received into the Antiochian Orthodox Church by Metropolitan Philip where they have continued their evangelical ways to a more muted extent than before. The unofficial head guy of that group is a fellow named Gilquist who is now an Orthodox priest. Their outlook, to no great surprise, is very Western, very atonement theory of salvation oriented which I suppose would appeal to Western Protestants but depending on how it is preached, could also be considered heretical.
I wouldn’t know about 30,000 “branches” of Protestantism; I don’t think the “branch theory” of The Church has any more validity than +JPII’s unfortunate “two lungs” analogy.
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