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Editorial: Doing the Hard Things

It’s hard to do hard things. And people don’t like doing things that are hard. So often they do nothing or turn to something easy that only makes matters worse. What has Congress done to address our national debt that is now over $18 trillion ...

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The Sting of Easter

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your ...

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The God Who Interrupts My Plans

By B.J. Funk - Being a planner has its disadvantages. When a plan doesn’t go as I hoped, I sometimes struggle. Just this morning, I awoke and thought, “Need to map out my day.” That’s when Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s quote came to mind. “We ...

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Disappearing General Conference Delegates

By Walter Fenton - As the majority of United Methodist annual conferences in the U.S. prepare this spring to elect delegates to the 2016 General Conference (GC), many are discovering they will have fewer delegates to elect. At its Fall 2013 ...

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Remembering Lyle

By Scott N. Field - When I attended seminary I took classes in Biblical Languages, Biblical Studies, Church History, Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, Preaching, Counseling, Clinical Pastoral Education, Doctrine and Polity, and, as ...

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The Character of a Loving God

By Jerry Walls - John Wesley and John Calvin both believed in divine sovereignty, predestination, and election. They did, however, understand these great biblical doctrines in very different ways. Here is an argument I have developed to bring ...

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Looking Forward, Looking Back

By Donald Haynes - Jorge Santyana wrote in the 1930s, “If we do not know history, we are condemned to repeat it.” History is not a boring recitation of dates and personalities; history is revelatory of events and ideas that were wrong and have ...

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In the News

Reviving the X-Files

A six-episode revival of the sci-fi hit The X-Files was recently announced that would reunite actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson after 13 years as FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana ...

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President of Methodist Church of Ireland responds to same-sex marriage vote

As President of the Methodist Church in Ireland I want to comment on the result of the Irish referendum on equal marriage which has opened civil marriage to same-sex couples. The Methodist ...

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Economist Warns Church is in Crisis

In a presentation that he acknowledged is "sobering," Dr. Donald House Sr. warned that The United Methodist Church has only 15 years to reverse its decline in the United States. This week's ...

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Connectional Table Proposes Dramatic Change

By Walter Fenton - The Connectional Table voted 26 to 10 (there was one abstention) to forward a petition to General Conference 2016 that would dramatically change The United Methodist Church's ...

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Council of Bishops Elects New Officers, No Africans

By Walter Fenton - Meeting in Berlin earlier this month, the United Methodist Council of Bishops announced the election of eight officers that will assume leadership roles in the council at the ...

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United Methodist Bishops issue pastoral letter on racism

May 7, 2015 BERLIN:  The Council of Bishops issued a pastoral letter on racism to the 12.8 million people of The United Methodist Church affirming the sacredness of all lives and renewing their ...

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Denzel Washington: ‘Put God First’

Denzel Washington’s rousing commencement address to graduates of Dillard University was met with amens and applause. The Academy award winning actor’s May 9 speech went over well at the ...

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