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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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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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Compassion without Compromise

By Karen Booth - Many books have been published that deal with sexual sanctification and with the specific issue of homosexuality. They run the gamut from scholarly theological treatises to first person accounts of grace-filled transformation to ...

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In the News

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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No Consequences for Talbert’s Defiance

By Walter B. Fenton - Bishop Elaine Stanovsky announced January 5 that a "just resolution" had been reached regarding a complaint filed against retired Bishop Melvin Talbert. According to the ...

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Talbert Complaint Process Ends

What follows is the January 5, 2015, press release from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops  Denver, Colorado: Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky, President of the Western Jurisdiction College ...

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No Sign of Unity Based on Integrity

This past fall was a time of much activity in the realm of United Methodist officialdom. Within a three-week period, the Judicial Council, Council of Bishops, and Connectional Table all met. In its ...

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