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Where do We go from Here?

By Rob Renfroe - General Conference 2019 is over. Thank God! Many of us feared, even predicted, that when we gathered in St. Louis, we would experience the most hurtful and harmful General Conference in the history of the United Methodist Church. ...

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What do United Methodists Really believe?

By Sam Hodges - The United Methodist Church is a big tent theologically, and people with conservative or traditional religious beliefs make up the largest group under that spreading canvas. Those are two key findings from a new United Methodist ...

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Shifting Axis of Methodism

By Steve Beard - “I look upon all the world as my parish,” famously said John Wesley (1703-1791). One imagines he had no idea that the United Methodist Church – one very large aspect of his spiritual legacy – would be in ministry in 60 different ...

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Traditional Plan Prevails

By Sam Hodges - United Methodists tried to come to terms with a General Conference that was meant to unify but instead underscored divisions and had all sides acknowledging a high level of pain. “Catastrophic” was the summary judgment of the Rev. ...

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For the Traditional Plan

By Jessica LaGrone - On my first mission trip I travelled to the mountains of Costa Rica with a wonderful crew of warm-hearted United Methodists. While we were there to construct houses, my best work was often building relationships with the ...

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The Faith Found in Africa

By Jerry P. Kulah - My dear brothers and sisters of The United Methodist Church from all around the world, I humbly greet you in the strong name of Jesus Christ! We thank God for all who have participated in observing a sacred season of fasting and ...

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Miracle on the Mississippi

By Thomas Lambrecht - NEWS ANALYSIS The United Methodist Church endured four days of wrenching deliberation at the special called General Conference February 23-26. The conference demonstrated a deeply divided church – something that was readily ...

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In the News

Christ’s death and our life

By John R. W. Stott - Jesus was spending his last evening on earth in quiet seclusion with his apostles. It was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and they had met to eat the Passover ...

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The Church’s Foundation

By Tom Lambrecht - Watching the fire consuming the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on the evening news aroused a feeling of horror and helplessness. Would the whole building be consumed? ...

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At the foot of the cross: Good Friday meditation

By  Fleming Rutledge - “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy ...

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The conquering faith of Jackie Robinson

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson - By George Mitrovich - Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn ...

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Engaging Adam Hamilton’s Approach to the Bible

By Teddy Ray - "The Bible does not work according to the, 'The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it' formula. Instead, we must read its words in the light of their historical context, try ...

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An Open Letter Response to James Howell

By Thomas Lambrecht - Dear Dr. Howell, A friend called my attention to the video you posted on YouTube for your congregation. I believe you to be an informed and thoughtful person, which makes ...

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The Rise of the Moderate Incompatibilists

By Thomas Lambrecht - When the Committee on a Way Forward was first established, I floated a way of categorizing various perspectives regarding United Methodism's view of marriage and sexuality. In ...

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