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A Grand Story Line in Harlem

By Steve Beard- “We don’t have long here, children. Our hopes and aspirations may feel limitless, but our days are finite, our experiences fading in the twinkling of an eye,” observed actress Cicely Tyson in her recent memoir, Just As I Am. “Death ...

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Kingdom Believers in a Partisan World

By Carolyn Moore- Thinking back only two years ago, it is hard to imagine that wearing a medical mask could have become a national political conflict. And if someone had told me only a year ago that my faith would be called into question because I ...

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Don’t Gut the Fish

By Zim Flores - The book of Jonah chronicles a man of the same name who rebelled against the instructions of God and fled from Nineveh. He was tossed into a tumultuous sea, only to be swallowed by a giant fish that God had appointed. Inside the ...

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Reading through Fresh Eyes

By David Watson - The Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley is an Anglican priest and Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. While studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, he received his PhD under the direction of the eminent ...

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Joy in the Jungle

By Joy Smith Griffin - “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’“ John 7:38, NLT “This river is our life.” Unspoken, yet undeniably implied, these words played out ...

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

By Thomas Lambrecht- Our church and our culture are divided. Same-sex marriage, gender identity, pornography, abortion, cohabitation, divorce. These and other “culture war” issues pose a challenge to Christians about how to understand and articulate ...

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Stirring up Mission Vision

By Jenifer Jones- Nearly 20 years ago, Jorge Acevedo had an epiphany. He’s the lead pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida. At the time, his church was one of the fastest growing United Methodist ...

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In the News

Experience vs. Scripture

By Thomas Lambrecht Many who affirm the practice of homosexuality in contrast to the teachings of Scripture base their affirmation on human experience. As they would describe it, they see God at ...

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Getting the UM Church Unstuck

By Thomas Lambrecht - The dust is clearing after an eventful month in The United Methodist Church. General Conference is postponed in-person to August 2022. A special virtual General Conference was ...

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The Heart of the Gospel

By Thomas Lambrecht “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third ...

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What is Religious Freedom?

By Thomas Lambrecht - Freedom of religion is often called the “first freedom” because it is the first provision mentioned in the United States Bill of Rights. Many scholars believe all the other ...

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The Real St. Patrick

By Steve Beard - While sifting through obscure Spanish colonial records, it was discovered a few years ago that the very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not conducted in Boston, Chicago, nor ...

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Does Regionalization Replace Separation?

By Thomas Lambrecht - There are two proposals that would change United Methodism by creating different regional versions in the various geographical areas of the church: Africa, Europe, the ...

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A Fresh Start

By Thomas Lambrecht - Sometimes in life, there is no substitute for a fresh start. That is what the newly announced Global Methodist Church (GMC) offers. Texas experienced near-record freezing ...

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