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What Counts as Wesleyan Orthodoxy?

By Heather Hahn- A friend’s invitation to preach outdoors had John Wesley worried: Could such sermonizing be a sin? While his concern might seem strange today, it made perfect sense in 18th-century England. Less than a century earlier, Puritans had used field preaching to inflame the people who overthrew the country’s Anglican elite in England’s […]

Talking with God

By Courtney Lott- How do you have a conversation with God? Is it the same thing as talking to a friend? Do you have to use certain words? A particular structure? What do you do when it feels like God is silent? These are the questions Adam Weber tackles in his book Talking with God. […]

Evangelism – Our Missional Priority

By Duane Brown- The apostle Peter says we must always be ready to explain our Christian hope (I Peter 3:15, NLT). “Always” probably seems like an impossible goal for most of us. Too often that’s true for me. Several months ago, while I was talking to the woman next to me on the plane, she […]

If Grace is so Sufficient, Why am I Still Hurting?

Perhaps grace has been treated unfairly by the church. A powerful word with eternal truths, grace often slips through the cracks when we offer Christian encouragement. We don’t really know how to explain it. Offering grace sounds too simplistic, too incomplete. We want more. When Paul pleaded for his thorn to be removed (2 Corinthians […]

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 Methodists in the renewal and reform groups regard as misunderstandings or mischaracterizations of their positions. Not infrequently, some centrists and progressives claim […]

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 relationships, engaging in learning, information gathering, working and worshiping together. On Wednesday, the Rev. Donna Pritchard led a morning Bible study of Galatians 2. Later, Commission […]

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 the streets for four months, workers from the United Methodist Child Rescue Center found him and offered help. Now, as […]

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, politicians, and visiting dignitaries jumped to their feet and cheered wildly. Then President Trump took the podium and voiced his appreciation. “I don’t know, Chaplain, whether or […]

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 Indiana Episcopal Area. The complaint stemmed from Trimble’s handling of a complaint filed against the Rev. Anna Blaedel, a campus minister at the […]

An Invitation to Endless Church Conflict

By Walter Fenton- Most United Methodists have long recognized the debate over the church’s sexual ethics and its teachings on marriage has reached an impasse. However, a legal brief submitted to the UM Church’s Judicial Council (its “Supreme Court”) argues otherwise. It essentially invites the church’s highest court to prolong the legal maneuvering for several […]