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I Confess: I Don’t Understand

By Rob Renfroe - I remain confounded as to why the majority of bishops would endorse “The “One Church Plan” as a way to unify the denomination. In a previous editorial, I suggested that one reason is they do not comprehend who we evangelicals are, ...

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Revitalizing British Methodism

By Linda Bloom - With John Wesley’s study chair, Charles Wesley’s organ, and the Museum of Methodism on-site, it would be possible to conclude that Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission in London is stuck in time – the late 18th century, to be ...

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True Identity

By Steve Beard - “Growing up, we were German,” said Kyle Merker, in a television commercial for Ancestry.com. “We danced in a German dance group. I wore lederhosen,” he says in a voiceover of him dancing the traditional Bavarian Schuhplattler in his ...

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The Undivided Heart

By Carolyn Moore - Most anyone who has ever held a part-time position in a church will be the first to tell you there is really no such thing as “part-time” in church work. “Part-time” is a carrot they dangle so they can get you on the payroll and ...

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The Limits of Methodism

By Thomas Lambrecht - How progressive can a congregation become before it ceases to be United Methodist? That is the question that progressive Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the California-Nevada Annual Conference has been forced to ask. In June, Carcaño ...

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Orphans and Mustard Seeds

By Shannon Vowell - When Jesus taught in parables, his metaphors powerfully engaged listeners because they were so often unexpected – even shocking. Many still are. The image of a mustard seed to teach about faith retains its capacity to compel ...

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Evangelism Lessons from a West Coast Bishop

By David Watson - Last summer a friend recommended a podcast called “Word on Fire” and I have been a grateful listener ever since. Word on Fire is a podcast that embodies a much-neglected kind of public discourse. Unlike much of the surface ...

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In the News

Love of Christ extends to immigrants living on street

By Kathy Gilbert, UMNS Plaza Mariachi is not the family-friendly place it once was. The faded green paint on the concrete curb surrounding its edges is chipped and worn. Trees don’t grow ...

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Mexican bishops urge treatment of migrants with dignity

By Jim Patterson, UMNS Consider each migrant who crosses your path as if they are Jesus Christ, six bishops of the Methodist Church of Mexico said in a statement urging better treatment of ...

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Laity and the One Church Plan

By Thomas Lambrecht - One of the less noticed aspects of the One Church Plan (OCP) is how it minimizes the voices of laity in the various decisions around marriage and sexuality. The OCP allows ...

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Is the Traditional Plan Unconstitutional?

By Thomas Lambrecht - Anxious church commentators are wondering if the latest development in the lead-up to the special called General Conference in February 2019 means the Traditional Plan is ...

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Responding to Talking Points for the One Church Plan

By Chris Ritter, Guest Contributor -  The group "Mainstream UMC" made a deposit in my inbox entitled "Talking Points for the One Church Plan." Formed by the Rev. Mark Holland of Kansas, Mainstream ...

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Is the Traditional Plan Punitive?

By Thomas Lambrecht - While no one has explicitly told me that he or she thought the Traditional Plan is punitive, that appears to be an undercurrent of thinking among those who oppose the plan. ...

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North Central Jurisdiction Hispanic Caucus Endorses Traditional Plan

By Thomas Lambrecht - The North Central Jurisdiction Hispanic Caucus met in Monroe, Wisconsin, on September 21-22. They met under the theme Transformed to Transform the World. The group discussed ...

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