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Eyes of Faith

By Rob Renfroe- Years ago I heard a preacher say, “It’s not what happens to you, but what happens in you that makes the difference.” I have come to believe that statement is true. And I’m grateful it is because we cannot control what happens to us ...

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A Cup of Joe & John Wesley

Coffee drinking may be an essential component of any modern day United Methodist church, but John Wesley was not a big fan. Neither did he champion the cause of tea: “But three cups of strong tea will now make my hand shake, so that I can hardly ...

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Judicial Council Decision

Not long after our deadline, the nine-member Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church (the denomination’s Supreme Court) responded to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference, regarding the election of Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen ...

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Loosening the Connection?

By Heather Hahn- The 32 members of the Commission on a Way Forward are getting down to the business of doing what their name says — helping a denomination deeply divided over homosexuality move toward some sort of future together. That future could ...

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Mortals and the Divine

By Steve Beard- As cultural mavens are more than aware, this is the 50th anniversary of the infamous Summer of Love when the hippie counterculture christened its fashions, ideals, art, and music. The pilgrimage of the Flower Children to ...

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Reluctant Church Growth Guru

You aren’t anticipating to hear the pastor of the fastest-growing United Methodist congregation in the United States confess his struggle with discouragement and self-doubt. Nevertheless, half an hour before our interview, Adam Weber told an ...

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The Call to Evangelism

The Rev. Dr. Billy Graham christened the decade of the 1980s by preaching at the United Methodist Congress on Evangelism meeting on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Graham’s evangelistic ministry played a key role in the ...

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In the News

Responding to Misconceptions about the Bishops’ Commission

By Thomas Lambrecht- The Bishops' Commission on a Way Forward for the Church is now in its fifth month of work. We have had three face-to-face meetings and are preparing for a fourth in July. Over ...

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Maintaining Standards for Ordination

By Thomas Lambrecht- Two of the Judicial Council's decisions reinforced the duty of annual conference boards of ordained ministry to determine that candidates for licensing, commissioning, and ...

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Judicial Council Upholds Bishop’s Rejection of Cynical Resolution

Editor's Note: Overshadowed by its significant ruling regarding the consecration of an openly lesbian bishop, the Judicial Council did issue other important decisions. Below, the Rev. Walter Fenton ...

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Good News President Addresses Judicial Council Decision

The Rev. Rob Renfroe, President of Good News, shares his thoughts on the recent Judicial Council decision and how the UM Church should move forward from here. ...

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Concurring and Dissenting Opinion of W. Warren Plowden Jr., Member of the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church

Par. 56 Article II. of the Constitution enumerates four specific instances in which the Judicial Conference has “authority” to act. It then enumerates a fifth instance in which the Judicial Council ...

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Misimpressions in Statement from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

By Walter Fenton- "The ruling is long and complicated," wrote Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky in a statement on behalf of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops. Stanovsky was of course commenting ...

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Bright Spots in a Confusing Decision

By Tom Lambrecht- Last week's decision by the Judicial Council regarding the election and consecration of an openly lesbian bishop in a same-sex marriage was very complicated and not entirely ...

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