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Confronting Myths

By Rob Renfroe- Facing reality can be painful. Especially when the only choices reality offers us are difficult, unsatisfying, or confusing. At that point there is a tendency to walk away from the problem emotionally and mentally in one of two ...

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Commission Work Ahead

By Thomas Lambrecht- I approached my first meeting as a member of the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward for the Church with trepidation, if not fear and trembling. The commission has an enormous and consequential task ahead of it — find a ...

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Methodism in Cuba, Spirit-Filled and Overflowing

By Steve Beard- Within a Caribbean culture marked by Cold War skullduggery, economic scarcity, and vindictive secularism, the Methodist Church in Cuba stands out as a beacon of spiritual freedom, miraculous signs and wonders, unexpected blessings, ...

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Shaping our Theological Core

It was the fiery speech about seminary education given by Dr. Ed Robb Jr., an outspoken evangelist from Texas, that caught the attention and ire of Dr. Albert Outler, preeminent Wesleyan scholar at Perkins School of Theology. Through the eventual ...

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The Junaluska Affirmation

On July 20, 1975, the statement, “An Affirmation of Scriptural Christianity for United Methodists” was adopted by the Board of Directors of Good News during the 1975 Convocation of United Methodists for Evangelical Christianity meeting at Lake ...

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Mission Motivates Ministries

By Boyce A. Bowdon- It was November 8 – Election Day 2016. I didn’t have to go far to my polling place. New Hope United Methodist Church is only a few blocks from my home in northwest Oklahoma City. The church parking lot was nearly full so ...

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New Opportunities for Women’s Ministry

“The Lord gives the word of power; the women who bear and publish the news are a great host.” – Psalms 68:11 The 2016 General Conference was good news indeed for women’s ministry in The United Methodist Church. Legislation developed by the ...

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In the News

Satellite Congregation Votes to Leave UMC

By Walter Fenton- A congregation in Wichita, Kansas, that averages 350 in worship has voted to leave The United Methodist Church. As a satellite campus of Asbury UM Church, the congregation ...

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The UM Church Membership Conundrums

By Walter Fenton- Methodists down through the decades are famous for being "methodical" and giving attention to detail. From the very beginning, John Wesley baked into the Methodist system a ...

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Misunderstandings and Mischaracterizations

By Walter Fenton- As the Commission on a Way Forward moves beyond preliminaries to the hard task of proposing a plan for the church's consideration, it is worth trying to clarify what United ...

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Commission on a Way Forward press release – Meeting 2

March 2, 2017 Atlanta, Ga.: Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia this week, the Commission on a Way Forward continued to make progress towards completing the groundwork for their task, building ...

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Rescuing children in Sierra Leone

By Phileas Jusu- Mohamed Emmanuel Nabieu was 8 years old when his father was shot during a rebel attack and he was separated from his mother during the Sierra Leone civil war. After living on ...

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Q and A with Senate Chaplain Barry Black

Interview by Drew Dyck- When Senate chaplain Barry Black finished his keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2, the normally restrained crowd of religious leaders, ...

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Just Resolution Announced in Complaint Filed Against Bishop Julius Trimble

By Walter Fenton- On February 15, Bishop Laurie Haller of the Iowa Episcopal Area confirmed that a church trial had been averted regarding a complaint filed against Bishop Julius Trimble of the ...

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