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Why I Support the Separation Plan

Responses to the proposed plan for separation could hardly be more divergent. Some are shouting “hallelujah” and others are feeling dismissed, even sold out. We need to remember that nothing is final until General Conference has voted. There are ...

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The Birthdate of Methodism?

By Frank H. Billman - What date would you choose for the birthdate of Methodism? The General Conference of the Methodist Church of England met in 1837 and a committee of preachers and laymen was assembled to put together a celebration of the ...

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The Cross

By Steve Beard - I was in elementary school when I first grasped that the death of Jesus was a big deal. On Good Friday, my mom and dad signed me out of class in time for the noon church service. It was somber and stiff and formal – but I was out of ...

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Thinking Through a Split

By Thomas Lambrecht - The recently announced separation plan called the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation” has aroused many reactions in and beyond the church. Some are satisfied and even hopeful that the long-running ...

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Dreams for a New Church

By Chris Ritter - There is good reason to believe that the United Methodist Separation Protocol will be approved early at the 2020 General Conference and today’s United Methodist denomination will give way to two separate churches, each ...

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Spiritual Warfare and Tying up the Strong Man

By David F. Watson - Several years ago a student stopped me in the seminary hallway. “Brother, will you pray for me?” he asked. “I’m under spiritual attack.” I now look back on that day with regret. I didn’t take him seriously. I said ...

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Creation Ex Nihilo and the Power of God

By Beth Felker Jones - “And he showed me more, a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, on the palm of my hand, round like a ball. I looked at it thoughtfully and wondered, ‘What is this?’ And the answer came, ‘It is all that is made.’ I marveled ...

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In the News

Implications of Postponing General Conference

By Thomas Lambrecht - By now, I am sure you are aware that General Conference has been postponed until sometime in 2021. A date and place for the rescheduled conference has not been announced and ...

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The Impact of Social Distancing

By Tom Lambrecht - We have a new phrase in our vocabulary: "social distancing." In this time of the novel coronavirus, keeping a distance from other people can help stop the spread of the ...

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Broad Traditionalist Group Casts Vision for Future Denomination

By Thomas Lambrecht - A group of nearly 30 diverse United Methodist bishops, clergy, and laity -men and women, African-American, Asian, Caribbean, Caucasian, and Hispanic persons from every U.S. ...

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8 bishops join in planning new denomination

By Heather Hahn, UMNS A group of United Methodist leaders, including eight bishops, has issued a statement sharing its vision for a global traditionalist denomination focused on evangelism and the ...

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Breaking News: New Methodist Wesleyan Movement Announced

God calls us to embrace a new day as the people called Methodists. Established in the faith entrusted to us by our forbearers, we discern the Holy Spirit reviving the Methodist movement in a new work. ...

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Is Structural Unity Mandatory for the Church?

By Thomas Lambrecht - In a recent blog, Bishop Gary Mueller makes the case for yet another plan to resolve the conflict in The United Methodist Church. His "2 X 4 Plan" calls for two regional ...

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Guest Commentary: Why Progressives and Traditionalists should Support the Protocol

Jack Jackson is E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism, Mission, and Global Methodism at Claremont School of Theology in California. Some of the opinions expressed in this analysis will be ...

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