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I Confess: I Don’t Understand

By Rob Renfroe - I remain confounded as to why the majority of bishops would endorse “The “One Church Plan” as a way to unify the denomination. In a previous editorial, I suggested that one reason is they do not comprehend who we evangelicals are, ...

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Revitalizing British Methodism

By Linda Bloom - With John Wesley’s study chair, Charles Wesley’s organ, and the Museum of Methodism on-site, it would be possible to conclude that Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission in London is stuck in time – the late 18th century, to be ...

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True Identity

By Steve Beard - “Growing up, we were German,” said Kyle Merker, in a television commercial for Ancestry.com. “We danced in a German dance group. I wore lederhosen,” he says in a voiceover of him dancing the traditional Bavarian Schuhplattler in his ...

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The Undivided Heart

By Carolyn Moore - Most anyone who has ever held a part-time position in a church will be the first to tell you there is really no such thing as “part-time” in church work. “Part-time” is a carrot they dangle so they can get you on the payroll and ...

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The Limits of Methodism

By Thomas Lambrecht - How progressive can a congregation become before it ceases to be United Methodist? That is the question that progressive Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the California-Nevada Annual Conference has been forced to ask. In June, Carcaño ...

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Orphans and Mustard Seeds

By Shannon Vowell - When Jesus taught in parables, his metaphors powerfully engaged listeners because they were so often unexpected – even shocking. Many still are. The image of a mustard seed to teach about faith retains its capacity to compel ...

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Evangelism Lessons from a West Coast Bishop

By David Watson - Last summer a friend recommended a podcast called “Word on Fire” and I have been a grateful listener ever since. Word on Fire is a podcast that embodies a much-neglected kind of public discourse. Unlike much of the surface ...

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In the News

Allocation of Bishops Unfair to Africa

By Thomas Lambrecht - Times are changing quickly and global United Methodism needs to start reflecting those changes. Over the last twenty years, the number one shift within our denomination ...

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What Is a “Good” Witness?

By Thomas Lambrecht - As we approach the 2019 specially-called General Conference of The United Methodist Church, one of the arguments being made for the One Church Plan is that staying ...

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Jesus Changes Everything

By Carolyn Moore - Think about the impact of one child's birth in Bethlehem on the world we live in today. It is stunning to remember just how radically that one life has altered human ...

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Is the One Church Plan Unconstitutional?

By Thomas Lambrecht - The process of formulating and releasing the report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been a long and winding road with unpredictable turns and unexpected surprises. Now ...

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Marriage and the One Church Plan

By Thomas Lambrecht - What is the definition of marriage? One of the salient issues the upcoming special General Conference in 2019 needs to decide is precisely this. How does The United Methodist ...

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Episcopalians and the One Church Plan

By Thomas Lambrecht - The Episcopal Church, one of the seven mainline denominations in the United States, has gone down the road toward the full affirmation of LGBTQ persons and ...

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St. Louis Approaches

As delegates to the special 2019 General Conference prepare for St. Louis, advocates for two of the three plans that will be presented by the Commission on the Way Forward have been active in ...

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