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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

Seeking Higher Ground: Conversations in the UMC

By Carolyn Moore - As Annual Conference season approaches, conversations are guaranteed to start heating up. Amidst high emotions, Rev. Carolyn Moore, lead pastor of Mosaic Church in Evans, GA, ...

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Conferences Play Hardball with Exiting Churches

By Thomas Lambrecht - Much has been made of the ability of congregations to leave The United Methodist Church with their property through a negotiated settlement with their annual conference. Some ...

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Encouraging Developments in Northeastern Jurisdiction

By Thomas Lambrecht - The Northeastern Jurisdiction is often thought of as a bastion of progressive thought in United Methodism. It is usually rated as the second most progressive jurisdiction, ...

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VIDEO: Rob Renfroe takes on bishops who support the “One Church Plan”

Message by the Rev. Rob Renfroe, president of Good News, at the Confessing Movement luncheon of the Texas Annual Conference taking on the bishops who put forth the "One Church" Plan. "It has to be ...

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Your Tithes and Gifts Are Not Enough

By Thomas Lambrecht- Every Sunday, all around the world, faithful United Methodists give their tithes and gifts to the church. But apparently it's not enough to secure them a seat to observe the ...

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An Unwilling Undertaking: Happy Aldersgate Weekend

By Chappell Temple - I feel for the guy. For he certainly wasn’t the first fellow ever to go rather begrudgingly–or as he put it, “very unwillingly”– to church. After all, in terms of his pastoral ...

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Judicial Council Allows Alternative Proposals

By Thomas Lambrecht - In a decision released today, the Judicial Council ruled by an 8-1 margin that “Petitions to the special session of the General Conference 2019 may be filed by any ...

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