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Editorial: The Tale of Two Narratives

There are two competing narratives regarding the future of The United Methodist Church. Both are predicated on what most observers believe is likely to happen at the 2016 General Conference. The most probable scenario is that we will leave Portland ...

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Is More Debate on Sexuality Necessary?

By Walter Fenton - A recent United Methodist News Service article began as follows: “Resolving the denomination’s longtime debate about human sexuality requires more United Methodists to be part of a conversation, say denominational leaders” ...

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Why I Quit Devotionals

By Jessica LaGrone - I have a confession to make. I’m done doing devotionals. It started a few years ago. I showed up for an appointment and learned I would have to wait for about 45 minutes. I headed to my car to find something to do during ...

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Disquiet Time

“My new Bible study is really testing me. I have never studied the Bible or read my Bible and I really have no idea how to do it,” confessed my friend Tiffany on Facebook. The 24-year-old roller derby girl, saleswoman, and mother recently ...

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Wesley and Church Discipline

By Les Longden - John  Wesley had a “boot camp” style of small group life. The rigor and strictness of his standards for the Methodist societies make it clear that contemporary Methodist congregations look much more like the Anglican church ...

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The Christmas Tree

In the winter of 1983, my parents had been married for 16 months. They were 20 years old and juniors in college. They were broke. As in, 25 cents in the checkbook at the end of the month is a success, broke. My dad had two jobs: a part-time youth ...

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Remember the Prisoners

By Peter J. Leithart - “Nobody criticizes us. We have no enemies,” Warden Burl Cain tells me as the servers load our plates with Big Lou’s brisket, ribs, chicken, grits-n-shrimp casserole, and baked beans. “I have the number for the head ...

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In the News

Bishop: Beware of Costs of Sexuality Debate

By Heather Hahn - The United Methodist Church’s intensifying debate around human sexuality has substantial financial implications in the global church, a bishop warned the denomination’s ...

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Chicago Church OKs Same-Sex Unions

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, a historic downtown congregation, has affirmed a marriage-equality proposal that gives pastors a choice in whether to perform same-gender ...

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Disappointment in Schaefer decision

Good News strongly disagrees with the October 27 decision of the Judicial Council to uphold the appeals committee and restore the Rev. Frank Schaefer to ordained ministry. Schaefer was found guilty ...

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Happy Birthday, Wanda Jackson!

By Steve Beard At the age of 77, the righteous Queen of Rockabilly is still tearing it up with 60 to 80 concerts per year. Considered to be one of the first women to record rock and roll, Jackson ...

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Bishop Warns Against Further Disobedience

By Walter Fenton Bishop Peggy Johnson announced last week that the complaint against the 36 clergy members who presided at a same sex wedding service at Philadelphia's historic Arch Street United ...

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Resolving to be Unaccountable

By Thomas Lambrecht “Accountability” is the watchword of the numerous Judicial Council cases to be considered at its October 22-25 meeting in Memphis, Tennessee. The work of the Judicial ...

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Slow Justice in Bishop Melvin Talbert Case

By Walter B. Fenton - "This is the kind of situation that fosters dismay and cynicism throughout the United Methodist Church," said the Rev. Robert Renfroe, president of Good News, about the ...

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