Editorial: Waiting in Vain

For months the country waited for The Supreme Court to issue one of the most important decisions in its 226 year history. Some hoped the Court would reaffirm the traditional understanding that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Others looked forward to a ruling that would declare gender irrelevant and legalize […]

The Methodist Revolution: Q&A with Bishop Ricardo Pereira

“Our church is a church that has joy,” Bishop Ricardo Pereira said. “We have learned how to love – even in the midst of problems – through Jesus Christ. We don’t allow any obstacles to stop us. People come with their drums, with their guitars, and people are happy. That’s a testimony. Even members of […]

Chaff People

By B.J. Funk – It may be that a Chaff Person sits on your pew at church. She wears the same kind of clothes you wear. He can quote the Apostles’ Creed and Lord’s Prayer without blinking. He also knows most of the hymns and always has his offering envelope ready when the plate passes […]

By One Vote

By Walter Fenton – Even though traditionalists saw it coming, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex marriage was still shocking. Five justices redefined a bedrock institution that had stood the test of time for millennia. With little understanding of the social and cultural consequences of their actions, the five justices usurped from the various […]

Moses Had a Mentor

By Jessica LaGrone – It was our first week of seminary classes. A professor looked out at us, a brand new class of young students who would someday be the leaders of the church. “You are so green you don’t even know what you don’t know yet,” he said. “And what you don’t know is […]

A Time to Forgive?

By Joy J. Moore – It is too soon. That was the feeling for some. It had only been two days since a young man killed nine persons who had welcomed him to join in their study of the Bible. Two days. And yet, family members of the victims extended forgiveness to the perpetrator. The […]

Behind the Shroud

By Elizabeth Glass Turner – • Question and minimize the statistics • Attack the motivations of the truth-tellers • Emphasize the strangeness of the victims • Blame “out of control forces” for committing the violence • Claim the victims are receiving good treatment • Claim that what’s going on doesn’t fit the definition  What do […]

Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

“Who am I, to lead these people? I’m just a country girl.” Taya Smith is all blonde curls and dimpled smiles and soft laughs. When she speaks, in her sweet Australian accent, it’s with a simple awe that she’s in the heart of something so big. She may be just a country girl, but she’s […]

Walking Through the Wilderness

There is a big story going on around us. A cosmic war is being fought: God is at work in the world to find the lost, release the prisoners, and bring them out of the kingdom of darkness and death into his kingdom of light and life. If you decide that you want to be […]

On a Grand Adventure with Jesus

  By Reed Hoppe – If you have ever met Martin Reeves, you will quickly realize this man from New Mexico has a quiet disposition and a huge heart. Soft-spoken and humble, Martin does not tout the amazing ministries he is a part of in Peru, but he is constantly giving God glory for the […]