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Respect or Contempt

By Rob Renfroe- Soon we will know which plan or plans the United Methodist Council of Bishops will recommend to the extraordinary General Conference in St. Louis. In just a matter of months we will learn how the Council proposes to resolve our ...

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Suffering for the Sake of Christ

By Courtney Lott- Hannah Cho grew up in North Korea, a country where Christians suffer the widest extent of persecution in the world. Along with her husband, Cho was mercilessly tortured for her faith in internment camps. “My mother only taught me ...

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Liberty’s Hero

By Steve Beard- Frederick Douglass grew up under the perverse shackles of slavery on a plantation in Maryland 200 years ago. He never knew the identity of his father, barely saw his mother, and witnessed unspeakable violence and bloodshed before he ...

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The Future to the Present

By Stephen A. Seamands- “Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.” — N.T. Wright It makes all the difference in the world whether someone is dead or alive. That’s why, according ...

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Exploring Possible Futures

By Heather Hahn- The Commission on a Way Forward is fleshing out the details of three possible models for how the denomination treats LGBTQ inclusion. The multinational group, appointed by United Methodist bishops, held its seventh meeting behind ...

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Expecting More of God

By David F. Watson- “Okay,” I thought. “I can do this.” A crying woman and her young son stood in front of me. With my limited Spanish, I could make out that she had pain in her head, neck, and chest. He had a problem with his throat. They had come ...

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“Turnaround” Story for Small Churches

By Kathy L. Gilbert- The tale begins with suicide, mixes in a few miracles, but has no ending because one woman and two small United Methodist churches believe faith can’t be measured by the number of people planted in the pews. Can You Just Get ...

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In the News

Now is the Time

By Katy Kiser- "Now is the time of God's favor, Now is the day of salvation." - II Corinthians 6:2 Each year, women come to the national conference of the Celebration Women's Ministry in ...

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Bishops Request Judicial Council Decision

By Thomas Lambrecht- The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the JudicialCouncil for a declaratory decision on what petitions can be submitted to the denomination's Special ...

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Baltimore-Washington Defies Judicial Council

By Thomas Lambrecht- In response to six different annual conference boards of ordained ministry voting in 2016 not to comply with the Book of Discipline's qualifications for ministry in evaluating ...

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Tribalizing Methodism

By Scott Kisker- With the 2019 called General Conference looming, it is time to address the risks posed to our United Methodist polity as a peculiar articulation and preserver of the one, holy, ...

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The Power of a Transformed Life

By Steve Beard- If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here." -- Saint Paul (II Corinthian 5:17). An essential element of the magnetism of the ...

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Northwest United Methodist Defiance

By Thomas Lambrecht- United Methodists in the Greater Northwest Area, under the leadership of Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky, have again decided to disregard the letter and spirit of United Methodist ...

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Commentary: Now Is the Moment to Debunk the Evangelical Takeover Myth

By Elizabeth Glass Turner - “What we are facing is a classic Evangelical Takeover. We are the Southern Baptist Church, 30 years later. Those behind the Evangelical takeover are well funded, ...

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