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Let’s Not Repeat St. Louis

By Rob Renfroe - General Conference 2020 is less than a year away. There is much work to do if we are to avoid a repeat of St. Louis when we gather in Minneapolis. Legislation that can end our fighting needs to be written in the next few months to ...

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Global Church Wrestles with Post GC2019 Pain

By Heather Hahn - About a month after the special General Conference, United Methodist leaders from Austria to Zimbabwe were still reckoning with what happened and expressing pain all around. Members of four denominational leadership bodies took ...

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Shepherd to the Fringes

By Steve Beard - Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek … at the ...

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Beauty from Ashes

By Shannon Vowell - Tragic events just days apart infused Holy Week with grief this year. The Monday after Palm Sunday, Notre Dame de Paris – fabled icon of Gothic architecture, French history, and Catholic identity – burned ... as a global ...

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Obsessed with the Resurrection

By Kenneth Tanner - A great befuddlement befalls some intelligent Christians when it comes to the definition of resurrection. On Holy Saturday the New York Times published an interview with the president of Union Theological Seminary in which she ...

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Jesus and the Miracle of Abundance

By Jessica LaGrone - God loves to deal in the small. I know that sounds like a contradiction when you’re talking about miracles, where we step back in awe of the big and bold actions of God, but it’s true. The big things that God does often begin ...

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Case for Separate Paths

By Kent Millard and David F. Watson - As the 2019 General Conference limped toward its conclusion, those in attendance were reminded that we could not stay beyond our allotted time in the convention center. The next major event would be a ...

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In the News

What Do Methodists Believe (Part II)

By Thomas Lambrecht - A recent survey by United Methodist Communications indicated 44 percent of grassroots United Methodists consider themselves theologically conservative/traditional. At the same ...

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What Do United Methodists Believe? (Part I)

By Tom Lambrecht - A previous "Perspective" blog called attention to a survey conducted by United Methodist Communications that indicated 44 percent of grassroots United Methodists consider ...

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A Statement on Ordination Standards From the Renewal and Reform Coalition

Since the 2019 General Conference and the subsequent ruling from the Judicial Council, there have been questions and some controversy about one of the provisions of the Traditional Plan. Some have ...

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Why Traditionalists Are Not Leaving

By Thomas Lambrecht - In a recent blog post, the Rev. Adam Hamilton outlined the results of two leadership meetings held to identify options for a way forward for The United Methodist Church ...

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Judicial Council Affirms the Traditional Plan

Good News ...

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Christ’s death and our life

By John R. W. Stott - Jesus was spending his last evening on earth in quiet seclusion with his apostles. It was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and they had met to eat the Passover ...

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The Church’s Foundation

By Tom Lambrecht - Watching the fire consuming the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on the evening news aroused a feeling of horror and helplessness. Would the whole building be consumed? ...

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