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Seeing the Future

By Rob Renfroe - I don’t have a crystal ball. I’m not a prophet. And I’m not claiming to have “a word from God.” But I think I can see how the called General Conference may end next February. The bishops have spoken predominantly about two options ...

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Spiritual Oasis in Egypt

By Courtney Lott - When my mom first considered the prospect of moving to Egypt, anxiety shouldered out excitement pretty fast. “Everything about your mindset changes if you want to go unnoticed,” she said. “Two Christians who had been there for ...

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Hymn Swinger

By Steve Beard - The holy-rolling and guitar-swinging hymn singer who arguably gave birth to rock and roll and was buried in an unmarked grave for more than 35 years is finally getting the respect she deserves. For the fans of Sister Rosetta Tharpe ...

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Into the Arms of Eternity

By Steve Beard - Wherever he landed around the globe, Billy Graham spent his life preaching a simple and sincere message of God’s love for all people, the urgent need for conversion, and the assurance that Jesus Christ walks with believers in the ...

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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, catholic and apostolic church. The United Methodist ...

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A Second Rise of Methodism

By William Payne - As The United Methodist Church prepares to meet in St. Louis next year for the special-called General Conference to decide its future, now is a good time to take a sober assessment of the state of our current denomination. • ...

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Turning the Page

God Outwitted Me: The Stories of My Life by Maxie Dunnam (Seedbed). Hopefully you’ve already read one of Dunnam’s many books or heard him preach. God Outwitted Me is his spiritual memoir about the events that molded and strengthened him to be the ...

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In the News

What the Bishops Really Did

By Thomas Lambrecht - Since the Council of Bishops finished their decision-making process on May 4 outlining their proposal for a Way Forward for the church, there has been much confusion. Part of ...

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Controversy over Results on UM Constitutional Amendments

By Thomas Lambrecht- On Monday, May 7, the Council of Bishops announced [link] that two of the five amendments to the United Methodist Constitution approved by the 2016 General Conference were ...

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Good News Statement on the Council of Bishops Decision

May 4, 2018 - This afternoon, the United Methodist Council of Bishops announced that it will submit a report to the special 2019 General Conference that contains all three plans for a way forward ...

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Understanding Incompatibilists

By Thomas Lambrecht - The Council of Bishops is currently meeting to decide what proposal(s) to submit to the 2019 General Conference to resolve the conflict in our church. Will they understand and ...

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John Wesley: A Short, Uncertain Space

By Ralph Pauls - Jesus once told a parable about financial dealings and a shrewd manager. "Give an account of your stewardship," the manager is told in the story (Luke 16:2). In his sermon, "The ...

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New Social Principles: A First Look

By Thomas Lambrecht - The 2012 General Conference commissioned the Board of Church and Society to do a total rewrite of the United Methodist Social Principles. The project is moving toward ...

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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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