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Unity’s Catcher’s Mitt

By Rob Renfroe- Imagine that there was a package under your Christmas tree with your name on it. The paper was bright and colorful. The bow was beautiful with just enough glitter that it sparkled in the glow of the lights on the tree. With packaging ...

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From Party Boy to Water Source

Scott Harrison grew up as a “good Christian kid.” His family was happy, until they weren’t. When a carbon monoxide leak in their home destroyed his mother’s immune system, Scott began to take care of everything around the house. At the age of 18 he ...

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Swimming Against the Stream

The Rev. Jeanne Audrey Powers died while traveling in Switzerland on September 29, 2017. She was 85. The obituary from the Minnesota Annual Conference was on target: “Always on the leading edge of historical shifts in culture, Rev. Powers was a ...

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Wayfinding Home

By Steve Beard For three years, they were ultimately voyaging back home. Along the way, they circumnavigated the globe – without so much as a compass. The crew of the Hokule’a, a 62-foot-long Polynesian sailing canoe, traversed more than 40,000 ...

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Unleashed for Ministry

By Cara Nicklas- I want to see revival in our church. I want to be part of a movement of God. And the church as an institution excites me only in so far as that institution is willing to submit itself to that larger movement of God. Our church is ...

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Vital Wesleyanism

By Donald Haynes- For the first time since the young United Methodist Church struggled with our theology in 1968 and again in 1988, we are once again asking, “What do the spiritual progeny of John Wesley believe?” Just as importantly, however, is ...

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Uniting Participants Call for Unity

By Kathy Gilbert- As The United Methodist Church faces a decision on how to include LGBTQ people, those attending a conference grappled with the issue by asking themselves: What would Jesus and John Wesley do? The Uniting Methodists Conference was ...

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In the News

A Secular Religion: The Challenge We Face

By Tom Lambrecht- A recent article in the journal First Things by Mary Eberstadt entitled The Zealous Faith of Secularism makes the case that the challenge we face in the United States and the ...

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Tempering Expectations — Dealing with Impatience

By Thomas Lambrecht- It is no surprise that many members of The United Methodist Church are growing impatient. It feels like we have been discussing (if not fighting over) our views regarding the ...

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Unity or Truth?

By Thomas Lambrecht- Many see the conflict currently raging in The United Methodist Church as a contest between unity and truth. Is it more important to follow what we believe to be the truth or ...

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Mennonites Divide Over Sexuality

  By Thomas Lambrecht- The Lancaster Mennonite Conference, largest of the Mennonite Church's 25 conferences, has ended its 46-year affiliation with America's top Anabaptist denomination. ...

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A New Year Leading to a New Day

By Rod Renfroe- It's a new year. But will it be a new day for the people called Methodist? That's the question many of us are asking as we look forward to a year that will be instrumental in ...

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God’s Christmas Gift of Love

In a recent sermon, the Rev. Rob Renfroe reconnects us with the true meaning of Christmas, originating in God's love. "Whatever you have done, God is for you. Wherever you have wandered, God is with ...

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A Snake in the Manger

By Steve Beard One of the memorable scenes in the quirky 2003 British romantic comedy Love Actually is a dialogue about a school Christmas play. Actress Emma Thompson plays Karen and her daughter ...

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