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Failure of Leadership

By Rob Renfroe - The United Methodist Church gave the Council of Bishops two years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to come up with a new solution that would stop our fighting and allow us to move forward focused on our mission of making ...

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616 African University Students Graduate

By Eveline Chikwanah - MUTARE, ZIMBABWE (UMNS)  A top executive of Boeing challenged the 616 Africa University graduates from 21 countries to go forth and become exemplary leaders. “Our world is in need of good principled leaders like yourself. ...

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Living Aloha

By Steve Beard - In a box of 64 crayons, there are 11 shades of blue. When looking out upon the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean crashing on the beach in Hawaii, it seems like there might be even more. It is one of the many marvels that help ...

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The Words of Life

By Walter Fenton - John Wesley, like many eighteenth-century Church of England clergy, had a very high view of Scripture. He understood how the early church was profoundly shaped by it and how it in turn shaped the Christian canon of Scripture. ...

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Outwitted By God

By James V. Heidinger II - Maxie Dunnam was reluctant to write God Outwitted Me: The Stories of my Life (Seedbed). He feared it might appear self-serving. And after all, he had already written some 40 books and felt that he had told the stories ...

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Thinking Through Miracles

By Craig Keener - So as to disclose my perspective up front, I believe in miracles. In 2011, I published a two-volume scholarly work called Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (Baker Academic). When Good News asked me to review ...

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Leadership or Manipulation

By Thomas Lambrecht - The bishops have been asked to lead. Apparently, to some bishops that means strong-arming a progressive agenda that has already been rejected by a previous General Conference. In its May gathering, the Council of Bishops - ...

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In the News

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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What’s In the Connectional Conference Plan?

By Thomas Lambrecht - The report of the Commission on a Way Forward and the legislative proposals for the three plans they developed are now posted publicly on the Judicial Council website. In the ...

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What’s in the Traditional Plan?

By Thomas Lambrecht - The report of the Commission on a Way Forward and the legislative proposals for the three plans they developed are now posted publicly on the Judicial Council website. In the ...

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What’s In the One Church Plan?

By Thomas Lambrecht - In light of the delay in releasing the report of the Commission on a Way Forward, and in the interest of helping facilitate discussion and consideration of the three main ...

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Bishops Change Call for General Conference; Commission Report Release Delayed

By Thomas Lambrecht - In a press release issued Monday (July 9), the Council of Bishops announced it is changing the call for the special General Conference to be held in St. Louis in February 2019. ...

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