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Episcopal Oversight

Many of you who read my editorials are pastors of a local church as I am. Imagine this scenario. One hundred of your most committed and loyal members write you a letter. You know they love your church. Most of them have been members for decades. They ...

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New voice for UM scholars

By Stephen Rankin - “With all the renewal and caucus groups in United Methodism already, why the need for one more, especially one called United Methodist Scholars for Christian Orthodoxy (UMSCO)? Who are you people and what is your deal?” We ...

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Holy Spirit Fuels Renewal

By David F. Watson - God is alive. God is living, active, and powerful, at work in your life and mine at this very moment. From the earliest days of the Church, the Holy Spirit has been present in signs and wonders, the working of miracles, ...

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Lessons from Mozambique

By Wendy J. Deichmann - In my wildest dreams I did not imagine I would experience firsthand what I saw, heard, and felt in Mozambique. I had to conclude one of two possibilities. Either God is intervening dramatically in this place among the ...

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Difference Makers

By Randy Jessen - Change and revolution filled the air as the world was being reshaped in 1989. Old ways were coming to a close as the fresh wind of freedom began to move across our globe. The Soviet Union was being transformed, the Berlin Wall ...

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Preacher’s Kid Finds God in Prison

By Boyce Bowdon - “I grew up in a Christian home and my father was a preacher,” said Aaron Cosar, “but I didn’t believe God loved me until I was in prison serving a life sentence for murder.” During a recent interview, Cosar told me ...

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Authentic Discipleship

By  Max Wilkins - “Is there anywhere in the world that you see a rapidly growing, authentically Wesleyan discipleship movement?” I was surprised by the question during a recent trip to Peru. After all, The Mission Society exists “to ...

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In the News

Mt. Bethel UM Church Withholds Apportionments

By Walter B. Fenton - One of the largest congregations in The United Methodist Church withheld over $200,000 of its apportionments in 2014 in response to what it believes to be "wholly ...

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No Consequences for Talbert’s Defiance

By Walter B. Fenton - Bishop Elaine Stanovsky announced January 5 that a "just resolution" had been reached regarding a complaint filed against retired Bishop Melvin Talbert. According to the ...

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Talbert Complaint Process Ends

What follows is the January 5, 2015, press release from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops  Denver, Colorado: Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky, President of the Western Jurisdiction College ...

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No Sign of Unity Based on Integrity

This past fall was a time of much activity in the realm of United Methodist officialdom. Within a three-week period, the Judicial Council, Council of Bishops, and Connectional Table all met. In its ...

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Church mourns Ebola death of surgeon

By Kathy L. Gilbert - The Sierra Leone United Methodist Conference is in shock over the death of Dr. Martin Salia from Ebola. Salia, who was the chief medical officer and only surgeon at United ...

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Incarnation, Salvation, and Hope

By David F. Watson, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament, United Theological Seminary Christmas is about many things to many people. For some people, it is about shopping and ...

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A Response to Ferguson

“We worship God through our questions.” -Abraham Joshua Heschel In the wake of a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision related to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren ...

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