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Forward with Faith

By Rob Renfroe - Which is more important: what you think or how you think? Don’t spend too much time working on an answer. Both are critical. As orthodox Christians we rightly emphasize that what we believe is essential. But people can believe all ...

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Bible Story Inspires Building of Church

By Chenayi Kumuterera (UMNS) - KOLWEZI, Congo – Inspired by the story of Barnabas (Acts 4:36), who sold his land and gave the money to the early apostles, members of Jerusalem Francophone United Methodist Parish donated their salaries, pledges, and ...

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Harriet: AME Zion Heroine on Big screen

By Courtney Lott - Harriet Tubman, the fearless conductor of the Underground Railroad, escaped slavery in 1849. She found refuge at a nearby farm and eventually made her way to Pennsylvania. Marveling at her newfound freedom, she looked at her hands ...

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Soul Food

By Steve Beard - In the grand scheme of things, it may seem like an insignificant victory – but Eddie O’Neill sees it from a different vantage point. In July, Sunday services finally were begun for Christian prisoners at a medium-security London ...

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The Epic of Eden

By Sandra Richter - The Bible, in all its parts, is intended to communicate to humanity the realities of redemption. Over the centuries, the church has stumbled when it has forgotten this truth, and has thereby, ironically, damaged the authority of ...

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What Does it Mean to be a Wesleyan Christian?

By David F. Watson - John Wesley (1703-1791) believed that God had raised up the people called Methodists to “reform the nation, particularly the church, and to spread scriptural holiness over the land” (“Minutes of Several Conversations”). The core ...

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Ascend Through Descent

By Philip Yancy - It began with a gathering at Denver’s snazzy Convention Center. I had agreed to host a forum with sixty business leaders before the Colorado Prayer Luncheon, but as a freelancer with precious little business experience, I had to ...

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In the News

“Mainstream UMC” Caucus Distorts Again

By Tom Lambrecht - The special-interest "centrist" caucus group known as "Mainstream UMC" is running a campaign to show that "harm" is being inflicted on LGBT persons in our United Methodist Church ...

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Will the UM Church Be the First?

By Tom Lambrecht - Over the last 20 years, I have witnessed friends and colleagues in other mainline denominations struggling with principled disagreements over the definition of marriage and the ...

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Reading Scripture: Skepticism, Suspicion, and Trust

By David F. Watson - Last semester I taught a class called Wesleyan Biblical Interpretation. We read a considerable number of Wesley's writings along with a couple of secondary texts. Rereading ...

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Indianapolis Plan Values Amicable Separation (Part II)

By Thomas Lambrecht - As noted last week, the conversation group working on the Indianapolis Plan has come to agreement and submitted the final version of a plan for an amicable separation in The ...

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Indianapolis Plan Values Amicable Separation (Part I)

By Tom Lambrecht - The conversation group working on the Indianapolis Plan has come to agreement and submitted the final version of a plan for an amicable separation in The United Methodist Church. ...

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As We Pray, So We Believe

By David F. Watson - Many have noted that what we call "contemporary" worship isn't so contemporary anymore. It's a feature of the "attractional" model of church growth, embodied so well in Willow ...

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Top Priority

By Tom Lambrecht - As I participate in conversations around the church seeking a way to resolve the crisis facing The United Methodist Church, I have become aware that different people have ...

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