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Editorial: Strange Bedfellows

Talk about strange bedfellows. Poles apart theologically. Diametrically opposed regarding the church’s direction. What could possibly unite adamant progressives and committed evangelicals within The United Methodist Church? A plan for the future of ...

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Fatherly Advice

My son John Paul just turned 18 years old. I fired off my first letter to him when he was four days old. “All of this is to simply say that you were wanted and we are so glad that you have arrived,” I concluded back in 1996. When he turned 13, ...

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John Wesley’s Radical Synthesis

By Howard Snyder - Synthesis and radical: The two words don’t seem to go together. Synthesis often means bland middle-of-the road. Radical often means far out, extreme, fringe, crazy. And yet, this is precisely where John Wesley was radical. ...

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Global Culture Clashes

By William Payne - In his book Methodists and the Making of America, Charles W. Ferguson argued that Methodism is America in microcosm. In a similar fashion, I have argued that American Methodism has always been characterized by regional ...

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Saving lives, but losing their own

By Kathy L. Gilbert - Mbalu Fonnie and Veronica Karoma, sweat beading on their faces, squinted into the hot afternoon sun on June 8 and talked about the panic they were feeling as nurses treating the first confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone ...

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Solidarity with Iraqi Christians

By Faith J.H. McDonnell Civilized human beings across the world are sickened by the destruction taking place in Iraq at the hands of ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities — some of the ...

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Beyond What Is Reasonable

By Reed Haigler Hoppe - In a time during which the news out of India consists of gang rapes, building collapses, abandoned babies, and increased religious persecution, a Mission Society missionary reports on the ways God is at work — ...

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In the News

Albert Outler remembered

By Leicester R. Longden On September 1, 1989, Albert C. Outler, world-reknowned theologian and Wesley scholar, died at the age of 80 in Bradenton, Florida. We honor the 25th anniversary of his ...

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Judicial Council to Hear Appeal of Schaefer Defrocking

One month from now, the Judicial Council will be meeting to make decisions that will affect many aspects of the church's life and ministry. The Judicial Council, as our UM "Supreme Court," has the ...

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Rob Renfroe’s Inspiring Address

There were many memorable moments during the July 18 meeting in Atlanta that spurred more than 100 leading pastors and theologians to issue the statement "Integrity and Unity." For the participants, ...

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Weighing options and considering costs

By Walter Fenton - Bishop Scott Jones of the Great Plains Episcopal Area recently cautioned the board and top staff of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) to carefully consider ...

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Photojournalist James Wright Foley, RIP

By Kenneth Tanner On August 19, American photojournalist, James Wright Foley, was savagely beheaded by ISIS. His execution was videotaped and released through social media by the Islamic State. ...

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Join 3-day prayer campaign to fight Ebola

As an Enhanced National Action in our fight against Ebola, the Liberian Council Churches and other national church groupings in the country, including the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL), ...

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Pastors and theologians release ‘Integrity and Unity’ statement

A group of leading United Methodist pastors and theologians released a statement calling for the Council of Bishops to restore the unity of the church and the integrity of the covenant that United ...

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