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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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At the Center of What?

By Walter Fenton- In his recent respectful, but critical appraisal of so-called United Methodist "centrism," Dr. Kevin Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School ...

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The Man Came Around: RIP Johnny Cash

In memory of Johnny Cash who died on this date in 2003, we reprint this obituary. By Steve Beard “We’ve seen the secret things revealed by God/ And we heard what the angels had to say/ Should ...

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Local UM Churches Respond to Harvey and Prepare for Irma

By Walter B. Fenton Local United Methodist churches across the country have rushed to support people trying to get back on their feet after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. And they are already ...

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In All Things

By Walter B. Fenton Surely the psalmist was using flood in a metaphorical sense when he cried out, "Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is ...

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UMCOR Cleaning Kits for Houston

According to the Texas Annual Conference Disaster Response team, the best way to help victims of Hurricane Harvey are as follows. Monetary donations: These can be made directly to UMCOR Domestic ...

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Texas floods force rescue of many

By Shannon Martin and Sam Hodges Aug. 27, 2017 | HOUSTON (UMNS) United Methodists ministers have been among those rescued from rising waters in Houston as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to bring ...

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Harvey floods hit Houston churches

By Sam Hodges August 28, 2017 | DALLAS (UMNS) From flooded buildings to pastors and other staff forced to flee their homes, United Methodist churches in south Texas grappled with a ruinous storm ...

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