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Happiness vs. Holiness

By Rob Renfroe- If you were to summarize one rather stark section of the Apostle Paul’s message to the Corinthians, it might be: God loves you and has a dangerous plan for your life. He reminds the congregation that he has “been in prison more ...

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Overcoming Hatred and Fear

By Bishop Sharma Lewis- Brothers & Sisters: As we continue to process the disturbing events from Charlottesville, Virginia, we need to turn to God for understanding, guidance, and strength in our next steps. As Christians and United ...

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Heroes and Heroines of Our Faith

By Jeff Walton- More than 250 million Christians are suffering persecution of some kind around the world today, according to Baroness Caroline Cox, founder of the U.K.-based Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART). Many live under the oppression of ...

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Is There a Way Forward?

By Walter Fenton- For nearly nine months now the Commission on a Way Forward has been meeting behind closed doors in an attempt to fulfill two almost impossible tasks: producing a plan to definitively resolve the deep disagreement over The United ...

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Poet of the Valiant Heart

By Faith McDonnell- In 1989, People magazine reviewed Ratushinskaya’s prison memoir, Grey is the Color of Hope. The review recounted how the then-exiled-in-the-West poet had been arrested in 1983 at the age of 29 and sentenced to seven years’ hard ...

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The Risk of Renewal

By Riley B. Case- When Charles Keysor wrote his article “Methodism’s Silent Minority” in the Christian Advocate in 1966, an article that basically launched the Good News movement, he spoke about numbers of Methodists who affirmed historic Methodism ...

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Doctrine and the People called Methodist

By James V. Heidinger II- Debate has been renewed in recent months about the role of doctrine for United Methodists. What is the place, for example, of orthodox Christian doctrine in our church? For years we have heard that we are not a creedal ...

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In the News

Two Roads Diverged

By Tom Lambrecht- With apologies to Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets, he describes the current situation in The United Methodist Church in his poem, The Road Not Taken: "Two roads diverged in ...

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Remembering to pray

By Michael Yaconelli Children tell God what they are genuinely thinking. They are honest, simple, and direct. They understand that God is listening, and they understand that prayers are very ...

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Let’s Make a Deal, #UMC Style

Dr. David Watson, academic dean at United Theological Seminary, has provided thorough analysis of the interim report sent to the Council of Bishops from the Commission on the Way Forward. He offers an ...

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The Ministry of Transformation

By Garry Ingraham- In the Gospel of John, Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Jesus was spelling out his earthly purpose in ...

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Bishops consider 3 models for church future

By Heather Hahn, United Methodist News Service United Methodist bishops are exploring three possible models for how the church should handle LGBTQ inclusion. The models come to the bishops from ...

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Oliveto preaches an opening sermon before Council of Bishops

According to reporting from Heather Hahn (UMNS), United Methodist bishops find themselves “off the map” as they try to navigate a way forward through the church’s impasse over homosexuality, said ...

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Judicial Council Maintains Status Quo on Church Law

By Thomas Lambrecht- The latest rulings by the Judicial Council illustrate that the impasse in our denomination over theological disagreements and the question of LGBTQ inclusion cannot be resolved ...

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