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Telling the Truth to the Church

By Rob Renfroe - It’s a southern tradition to emphasize a point you are about to make with the phrase, “As my dear mother used to say when I was a child …” When we hear someone begin that way in Texas, we listen up because we love our mommas and ...

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Is the Traditional Plan Unconstitutional?

By Thomas Lambrecht - News Analysis Anxious church commentators are wondering if the latest development in the lead-up to the special called General Conference in February 2019 means the Traditional Plan is fatally flawed. In a comprehensive ...

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Let’s Go

By Steve Beard - Known as the shepherd to shepherds, Eugene Peterson – author of The Message, a contemporary Bible paraphrase that has sold millions of copies – died on Monday, October 22. He was 85 years old. One week prior to his passing, Peterson ...

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Men, Women, and the Kingdom of God

By Carolyn Moore - One does not need to be a feminist to be startled that there are 130 million school age girls around the globe who are not in school. While there are many reasons for that staggering number, it is still jarring. Or that ...

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Meeting Hope in Advent

By Flemming Rutledge - In a very real sense, the Christian community lives in Advent all the time. It can well be called the Time Between, because the people of God live in the time between the first coming of Christ, incognito in the stable in ...

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Exile on Main Street

By Rick McKinley - Once upon a time in America, the majority of the population shared Judeo-Christian values. The average American was somewhat familiar with the biblical faith in Jesus and more than likely had attended some type of Christian church ...

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Sacred and Fractured Days

By Elizabeth Glass Turner - We live in fractured days. Life seems fractious (“irritable; quarrelsome”). We have pieces, slivers that don’t seem to fit well into a whole. Sunday school classes are tense and subjects begin to veer toward anything ...

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In the News

The Plans’ Impact on Mission

By Thomas Lambrecht- Recently, the Connectional Table convened a panel discussion to consider"how the efforts to end the church's decades-long dispute over homosexuality might affect ...

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Why I Appealed the Judicial Council Decision on Exit

By Thomas Lambrecht - I have submitted a request to the Judicial Council that it reconsider part of its Decision 1366 that declared the local church exit provisions of the Traditional Plan (TP) ...

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Finding Gratitude When Paradise is Lost

By Steve Beard- As families and friends gather on Thanksgiving to watch football, meticulously avoid politics, and feast on holiday favorites, the day will be starkly different for the first ...

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The Fallacy of the Big Tent

By Thomas Lambrecht - Those promoting the One Church Plan see it as the only plan that can bring unity to The United Methodist Church. That unity comes by conceiving of a denomination as a "big ...

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Laity and the One Church Plan

By Thomas Lambrecht - One of the less noticed aspects of the One Church Plan (OCP) is how it minimizes the voices of laity in the various decisions around marriage and sexuality. The OCP allows ...

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Is the Traditional Plan Unconstitutional?

By Thomas Lambrecht - Anxious church commentators are wondering if the latest development in the lead-up to the special called General Conference in February 2019 means the Traditional Plan is ...

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Responding to Talking Points for the One Church Plan

By Chris Ritter, Guest Contributor -  The group "Mainstream UMC" made a deposit in my inbox entitled "Talking Points for the One Church Plan." Formed by the Rev. Mark Holland of Kansas, Mainstream ...

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