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The Good ol’ Boy and Divine Encouragement

He didn’t go to our church. The truth is, he probably wouldn’t have fit in very well. I went to “First Church” where most of the members were professionals – doctors, lawyers, bankers, successful business owners. And many in my hometown worked at the ...

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The Stumble of Grace

By Carolyn Moore - Like so many people, I’ve given chunks of time every day for months to pray against the virus, and against racism, and against all the crazy things that have cropped up as our collective nerves have gotten frayed. One of the ...

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Happy Warrior

Dr. William J. Abraham is an irreplaceable Irish import to United Methodism. He is an ordained elder of the Rio Texas Conference and the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. He is the author of ...

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Zimbabwe’s Wesleyan Approach to Ministry in a Pandemic

By Kudzai Chingwe - The founder of Methodism died on March 2, 1791, but his teachings remain relevant today amid a global pandemic. In his ministry, John Wesley established the concepts of class meetings for fellowship and the development of a ...

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John Wesley For Our Day

By Justus Hunter - Demand for high quality and spiritually nourishing biblical commentary has been steady in the Wesleyan tradition. John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes on the Old and New Testaments were among his best-selling titles. Adam Clarke’s ...

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Order, Chaos, and Broken Methodism

By Scott Kisker I officially joined the United Methodist Church in 1980 when I was confirmed. I was 12 years old. It was not a major event in my life, secular or spiritual. I had been through confirmation, but the only thing I remember was ...

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Our Daily Grace

By Courtney Lott - Do you hear the song of grace in your life? For the Rev. B.J. Funk, Associate Pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Fitzgerald, Georgia, its sweet melody has played throughout her entire life, calling to her like a ...

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In the News

Confusion About God

By Thomas Lambrecht - What is God like? That seems to be the most fundamental question any religion has to answer. Each religion has their own answer to that question, which in turn makes each ...

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Losing the Gospel

By Thomas Lambrecht - What does it mean to be saved? How is one saved? These questions are at the heart of the Gospel. John Wesley famously wrote, "I am a spirit come from God and returning to ...

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Stick to the Path

By Thomas Lambrecht - As a young adult, I became fascinated by the story told by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was inspired by the extraordinary adventures ...

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Reconnecting the Connection

By Tom Lambrecht - Dr. Scott Kisker, professor of the History of Christianity at United Theological Seminary, published an article recently in Firebrand Magazine that will also appear in the ...

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Remembering Bishop John Yambasu

Along with the rest of the United Methodist family around the globe, we join in mourning the death of Bishop John K. Yambasu, the Resident Bishop of the Sierra Leone Area, who died in a car accident ...

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Marriage: A School for Discipleship

By Tom Lambrecht - The cover story of the current issue of Christianity Today is entitled, "Can the Church Save Marriage?" I heartily recommend that and other articles in this month's issue ...

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Coping with Covid-19 and washing dishes with love

By Steve Beard - There are good reasons to avoid watching the evening news these days. It is a rough slog, even for those with sunny dispositions. The pandemic has severally thrown us ...

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