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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

Happy Birthday, Wanda Jackson!

By Steve Beard At the age of 77, the righteous Queen of Rockabilly is still tearing it up with 60 to 80 concerts per year. Considered to be one of the first women to record rock and roll, Jackson ...

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Bishop Warns Against Further Disobedience

By Walter Fenton Bishop Peggy Johnson announced last week that the complaint against the 36 clergy members who presided at a same sex wedding service at Philadelphia's historic Arch Street United ...

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Resolving to be Unaccountable

By Thomas Lambrecht “Accountability” is the watchword of the numerous Judicial Council cases to be considered at its October 22-25 meeting in Memphis, Tennessee. The work of the Judicial ...

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Slow Justice in Bishop Melvin Talbert Case

By Walter B. Fenton - "This is the kind of situation that fosters dismay and cynicism throughout the United Methodist Church," said the Rev. Robert Renfroe, president of Good News, about the ...

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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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