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Editorial: No Laughing Matter

Recently, the General Board of Church and Society in Washington D.C. has done a pretty good job – of keeping a low profile and not making the kinds of radical statements that have baffled and bothered traditional United Methodists for decades. But ...

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Take My Hand: The Gospel and the Blues

The first of several pivotal scenes in the film Selma occurs when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes a late night phone call to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. The undeniable weight of what lay ahead for King and the civil rights movement was ...

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Globetrotting Preacher

By Tom Gillem - The Rev. H. Eddie Fox was born in the Appalachian foothills and never saw an ocean until he was 21. But as head of World Methodist Evangelism, he traveled millions of miles to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ on every inhabited ...

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Faith Sharing

By Kimberly D. Reisman - What is your reaction to the word evangelism? Hesitation? Frustration? Negativity? Maybe even hostility? I’m not surprised, because the concept of evangelism is emotionally, historically, and theologically charged. ...

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Playing Favorites

By Jessica LaGrone - A friend of mine worked in Washington D.C. for several years, right in the heart of Capitol Hill. One year he was even present during the pomp and circumstance of a presidential inauguration. For several weeks the capitol city ...

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Lessons of Frontier Methodism

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn.” (Isaiah 51:1-2) In the midst of the ongoing numerical decline of United Methodism in the ...

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Predestination and Freedom

By Jerry Walls - Like divine sovereignty, predestination is not a Calvinist doctrine, it is a biblical doctrine. As a theologian steeped in Scripture, John Wesley not only affirmed the doctrine, he affirmed a very strong version of it. He ...

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In the News

Ira Gallaway, evangelical UM leader, dies at 91

By James V. Heidinger II  Dr. Ira L. Gallaway, one of United Methodism’s most influential evangelical leaders over the past four decades, died March 16, 2015, at the age of 91. A memorial ...

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Barbarians in our Midst: How the Irish Spread the Gospel

George G. Hunter III is distinguished professor of evangelism and church growth at Asbury Theological Seminary. He served as the founding dean of Asbury's E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and ...

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Resolutions reached with Virginia clergy who performed same-sex weddings

Bishop Young Jin Cho announced Friday, March 6, that two complaints filed against Virginia Conference clergy for conducting same-sex wedding ceremonies have been resolved through the just resolution ...

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The Blood of the Martyrs

“They were stoned, they were sawn in two; they were put to death with the sword. They [were] ... destitute, afflicted, ill-treated - the world was not worthy of them.” Hebrews 11:37 Added to ...

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A Troubling Proposal

By Walter Fenton - The United Methodist News Service's Heather Hahn recently reported that members of the UM Church's 59-person leadership group called the Connectional Table (CT) have claimed to ...

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Coalition Issues Statement on Talbert Case

Six renewal and reform groups within The United Methodist Church released a joint statement (see below) protesting the conclusion reached in the case regarding retired Bishop Melvin Talbert. The ...

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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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