Methodists/Flat Jesus ? What is it?

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Rev. Neal,
Our associate Pastor has been using this term to describe Jesus and I asked her what it means. She did answer my question so I am going to ask you if you have heard this used and what does it mean?

The term almost sounds disrespectful in nature in my opinion.

BTW, Our associate Pastor is from the Liberal UCC tradition.

Thanks for any in sight you can give.
John

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The only "Flat Jesus" I've ever heard of is a paper cut-out doll of Jesus that some people carry around with them or give to other people.  It serves to remind them that Jesus is always with them ... they're not alone.  I've never done it or known anyone who has ... it's just what I've seen some people doing and talking about on Facebook.

Am I right?  

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Rev. Gregory S. Neal

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I can answer questions dealing with all issues of United Methodist Doctrine and Wesleyan-Arminian Theology. In particular I can answer questions dealing with the Sacraments and other liturgical and worship-oriented questions. I can also answer questions dealing with the form, structure, and organization of the United Methodist Church and our relationship with other denominations.

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I am an ordained United Methodist Elder with more than 20 years of ministerial service experience in the local Church.

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I am a Clergy Member in Full Connection and have been a member of the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church since 1991. I am a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. I am also a member of the Emmaus Community, and am currently serving as Senior Spiritual Director for the Dallas Emmaus Community. I am a member of the Order of Saint Luke in the United Methodist Church.

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I have my own website: www.RevNeal.org.   I have written two books, "Grace Upon Grace" and "Seeking the Shepherd's Arms," both available at Amazon.com and in bookstores.

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I have a BA in Religious Studies, History and Russian. I have an M.Div in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies and a Ph.D in Sacramental Theology and New Testament.

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Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church
Fellow of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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