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Let’s Not Repeat St. Louis

By Rob Renfroe - General Conference 2020 is less than a year away. There is much work to do if we are to avoid a repeat of St. Louis when we gather in Minneapolis. Legislation that can end our fighting needs to be written in the next few months to ...

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Global Church Wrestles with Post GC2019 Pain

By Heather Hahn - About a month after the special General Conference, United Methodist leaders from Austria to Zimbabwe were still reckoning with what happened and expressing pain all around. Members of four denominational leadership bodies took ...

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Shepherd to the Fringes

By Steve Beard - "Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek … at the ...

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Beauty from Ashes

By Shannon Vowell - Tragic events just days apart infused Holy Week with grief this year. The Monday after Palm Sunday, Notre Dame de Paris – fabled icon of Gothic architecture, French history, and Catholic identity – burned ... as a global ...

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Obsessed with the Resurrection

By Kenneth Tanner - A great befuddlement befalls some intelligent Christians when it comes to the definition of resurrection. On Holy Saturday the New York Times published an interview with the president of Union Theological Seminary in which she ...

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Jesus and the Miracle of Abundance

By Jessica LaGrone - God loves to deal in the small. I know that sounds like a contradiction when you’re talking about miracles, where we step back in awe of the big and bold actions of God, but it’s true. The big things that God does often begin ...

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Case for Separate Paths

By Kent Millard and David F. Watson - As the 2019 General Conference limped toward its conclusion, those in attendance were reminded that we could not stay beyond our allotted time in the convention center. The next major event would be a ...

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In the News

British Methodists Take Steps Toward Progressive Sexual Ethic

By Tom Lambrecht - In an action taken July 3, the British Methodist Conference voted 247-48 to approve a report titled God in Love Unites Us. The report marks a "watershed moment in the life of ...

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Amazon Sold $240K of ‘Liturgy of the Ordinary’ Fakes, Publisher Says

It is heartbreaking to report that thieves have illegally published and sold counterfeit copies of one of our favorite books through Amazon. The cover story for Good News on July/August 2017 was an ...

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The Promises of God

By Justus Hunter - "You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.... ...

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The Consent of the Governed

By Tom Lambrecht - It is a concept entrenched in modern Western culture that governments "derive their just powers from the consent of the governed" (Declaration of Independence, United States). To ...

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Traditionalists Secure General Conference Majority

By Tom Lambrecht - With nearly all the annual conferences in the U.S. having voted, it appears that a sufficient number of traditional-minded delegates have been elected to assure a narrow but ...

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What Loving LGBTQ Ministry Could Look Like

By Thomas Lambrecht - At the St. Louis General Conference and since, conservatives have often been accused of being hateful, bigoted, and punitive toward LGBTQ persons. We frequently hear quoted ...

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Progress Report on Annual Conference Actions

By Thomas Lambrecht - We are halfway through the U.S. annual conference season. Annual conferences represent local churches and clergy in regional areas of the country. There are currently 55 ...

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