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Eyes of Faith

By Rob Renfroe- Years ago I heard a preacher say, “It’s not what happens to you, but what happens in you that makes the difference.” I have come to believe that statement is true. And I’m grateful it is because we cannot control what happens to us ...

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A Cup of Joe & John Wesley

Coffee drinking may be an essential component of any modern day United Methodist church, but John Wesley was not a big fan. Neither did he champion the cause of tea: “But three cups of strong tea will now make my hand shake, so that I can hardly ...

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Judicial Council Decision

Not long after our deadline, the nine-member Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church (the denomination’s Supreme Court) responded to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference, regarding the election of Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen ...

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Loosening the Connection?

By Heather Hahn- The 32 members of the Commission on a Way Forward are getting down to the business of doing what their name says — helping a denomination deeply divided over homosexuality move toward some sort of future together. That future could ...

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Mortals and the Divine

By Steve Beard- As cultural mavens are more than aware, this is the 50th anniversary of the infamous Summer of Love when the hippie counterculture christened its fashions, ideals, art, and music. The pilgrimage of the Flower Children to ...

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Reluctant Church Growth Guru

You aren’t anticipating to hear the pastor of the fastest-growing United Methodist congregation in the United States confess his struggle with discouragement and self-doubt. Nevertheless, half an hour before our interview, Adam Weber told an ...

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The Call to Evangelism

The Rev. Dr. Billy Graham christened the decade of the 1980s by preaching at the United Methodist Congress on Evangelism meeting on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Graham’s evangelistic ministry played a key role in the ...

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In the News

Leaning Centrists

By Walter Fenton- A resolution recently presented to the clergy session of the West Ohio Annual Conference speaks volumes about the self-declared "United Methodist Centrist Movement." The ...

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Brief Notes from Around the Connection

Financial Challenges in Yellowstone In a recent note to the churches of the Yellowstone Annual Conference, Bishop Karen Oliveto and her cabinet wrote: "As we prepare for Annual ...

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Delay, Delay, Delay…and More Delay

By Walter Fenton- The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church cannot take "no" for an answer. Less than seven weeks ago the denomination's Judicial Council (it's ...

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Commentary: Moving from Moderator to Advocate

By Walter Fenton- Florida Bishop Ken Carter recently released a video citing seven reasons why he believes The United Methodist Church will remain united. This is a notable move since Carter is one ...

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New York Clergy Member Resigns from Board of Ordained Ministry

The Rev. Chuck Ferrara, until recently a member of the New York Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, sent the following letter to Bishop Thomas Bickerton: Dear Bishop Bickerton, I ...

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Two Boards of Ordained Ministry Spurn Judicial Council Rulings

By Walter Fenton- The Boards of Ordained Ministry of both the New York and Pacific Northwest Annual Conferences have announced they will not abide by recent rulings of The United Methodist Church's ...

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Largest Congregation in Mississippi Parts Ways with UM Church

By Walter Fenton- The largest local church in the Mississippi Annual Conference in terms of worship attendance and one of the 25 fastest growing churches in the U.S. has now officially exited The ...

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