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Through a Glass Darkly

By Rob Renfroe - What will happen at the special General Conference this February? Right now, it’s anyone’s guess. We see through a glass darkly, not able to predict with confidence what the delegates will do and knowing that God can always surprise ...

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Remodeling Women’s Ministries

By Katy Kiser - Last summer, I took a friend who lives on the East Coast to Waco, Texas, on a tour inspired by the popular show “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines. The show is about what families go through to fix up a house. Not all ...

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Kind Life, Gentle Death

By Steve Beard - It had been three hard days for George H.W. Bush, the 94-year-old former President of the United States. Lifelong friend James Baker, Mr. Bush’s secretary of state and chief of staff, went to check on his neighbor – a man he called ...

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Where Methodism Flourishes

By Heather Hahn - In a village so thick with red dirt that the palm trees bear a rusty hue, a fresh burst of color beckons people from near and far. A new United Methodist church in Gouabo, Côte d’Ivoire – painted an almost-iridescent green – fills ...

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Worshipping without Walls in Zimbabwe

By the Rev. Tauri Emmanuel Maforo - John Wesley’s “The world is my parish” is being relived in Muzarabani Circuit as congregants worship under grass-thatched homesteads and pole sheds. A cappella music and ululating filled the humid atmosphere ...

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Church in Nigeria Sees Membership Boom

By the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel - By the year 2030, The United Methodist Church in Nigeria expects to have more than 2 million professing members. Over the past 10 years, the Nigeria Episcopal Area witnessed a 15 percent increase annually in church ...

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Jesus Changes Everything

By Carolyn Moore - One child’s birth in Bethlehem radically altered human history. In addition to his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus Christ transformed the way that we view many aspects of everyday life. For example, Jesus’ take on the value ...

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In the News

Revival and revisiting barrenness

- By Stephen Seamands “Sing, O barren one who did not bear; burst into song and shout you who have not been in labor ... The children of the desolate woman will be more than the children of her ...

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Are Traditionalists Only a Small Group Within the Denomination?

By Thomas Lambrecht - Recent communications from proponents of the One Church Plan have attempted to portray traditionalists and evangelicals as a small group within The United Methodist Church ...

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A Matter of Belief or Action?

By Thomas Lambrecht - Ask the wrong question, and you will get a wrong or misleading answer. Asking the right question will help move toward understanding. A recent newsletter from the One Church ...

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Staying the Course: The Biblical Witness

-- By Maxie Dunnam From the first General Conference of The United Methodist Church, we defined ourselves on social issues on the basis of our commitment to Scripture. This has certainly been true ...

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Some Progressive and Centrist Groups Reject Exit Path

By Thomas Lambrecht - Recent statements from two different groups portend an agenda of institutional survival taking precedence over resolving the conflict in The United Methodist Church at the ...

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Billy Abraham: Staying the Course

By Maxie Dunnam The way some folks talk and write about the issues facing our upcoming special General Conference suggests they don’t know or care about how our United Methodist Church has been ...

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Watershed Moments

By Maxie Dunnam In times like these, when a special General Conference within a few weeks will determine the future of my beloved United Methodist Church, I’m spending a lot of time remembering, ...

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