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Working for Good

By Rob Renfroe - One of the great counterintuitive truths of our faith is that God brings good out of bad. What human beings mean for evil, God often uses to bring about a new and better day. There is no greater example than the cross. Our Lord ...

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United Methodist Collection Rates Plunge as COVID-19 Rises

By Heather Hahn- The United Methodist Church already is feeling financial fallout from COVID-19’s devastating spread. In a May 29 online meeting that also included prayers for an end to racism, General Council on Finance and Administration ...

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Barren Table Faith

By Steve Beard - Charles Albert Tindley arrived for his first pastoral appointment in Cape May, New Jersey, in the middle of a snow storm. With small children to feed, Charles and his wife had only a stale piece of bread. As parents, they dipped ...

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Rise up in Love

By Leonard E. Fairley “What Started Out As A Peaceful Protest Turned Violent,” “Seven Shot in Louisville Demonstration Against Breonna Taylor’s Death,” “Chaotic Minneapolis Protests Spread Amid Emotional Calls For Justice, Peace,” “Protest Turns ...

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Lord, Give us Eyes to See

“What a season we have been through and what a week we are in,” wrote Bishop Gregory V. Palmer to the United Methodists in the West Ohio Annual Conference. “The angst and pain are palpable. I need you to know I share that pain and I see me in some ...

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Make Justice a Reality

By Keith Boyette - At its founding in its Statement of Moral Principles, the Wesleyan Covenant Association declared, “We believe that all persons are of sacred worth…. The WCA specifically renounces all racial and ethnic discrimination and ...

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Messengers of Hope

Photos by David Parks - In the midst of waves of protests around the globe in response to the death of George Floyd, there were also worship services in communities that brought Christians of different ethnicities together to sing and pray, ...

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In the News

Coping with Covid-19 and washing dishes with love

By Steve Beard - There are good reasons to avoid watching the evening news these days. It is a rough slog, even for those with sunny dispositions. The pandemic has severally thrown us ...

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The Way of Humility, Honesty, and Courage

By Thomas Lambrecht - Religion writer Terry Mattingly recently reported that 50 percent of "strong liberals" say they would fire business executives who donate money to reelect President Donald ...

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Looking for Accountability in North Katanga

By Tom Lambrecht - Last week's Perspective reported some troubling actions taken by the Board of Ordained Ministry in the West Congo Annual Conference, Central Congo Episcopal Area. Today's ...

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Violations in Central Congo

By Thomas Lambrecht - The polarization of The United Methodist Church in the United States is now unfortunately surfacing in the part of the church located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ...

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Images of UM Fracture

By Thomas Lambrecht - The current focus of our denomination is rightly on how to do effective ministry in the midst of a pandemic and how to understand and address racism in our nation and in ...

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One Step Back

By Thomas Lambrecht - How do Christians deal with discouragement? Some parts of the United States, as well as some other countries around the world, have recently seen an uptick in the ...

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The Future of Pastoral Training

By Thomas Lambrecht - In a ground-breaking development, Baylor University in Waco, Texas, this week announced the formation of a Wesley House of Studies at its Baptist-oriented Truett ...

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