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The Good ol’ Boy and Divine Encouragement

He didn’t go to our church. The truth is, he probably wouldn’t have fit in very well. I went to “First Church” where most of the members were professionals – doctors, lawyers, bankers, successful business owners. And many in my hometown worked at the ...

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The Stumble of Grace

By Carolyn Moore - Like so many people, I’ve given chunks of time every day for months to pray against the virus, and against racism, and against all the crazy things that have cropped up as our collective nerves have gotten frayed. One of the ...

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Happy Warrior

Dr. William J. Abraham is an irreplaceable Irish import to United Methodism. He is an ordained elder of the Rio Texas Conference and the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. He is the author of ...

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Zimbabwe’s Wesleyan Approach to Ministry in a Pandemic

By Kudzai Chingwe - The founder of Methodism died on March 2, 1791, but his teachings remain relevant today amid a global pandemic. In his ministry, John Wesley established the concepts of class meetings for fellowship and the development of a ...

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John Wesley For Our Day

By Justus Hunter - Demand for high quality and spiritually nourishing biblical commentary has been steady in the Wesleyan tradition. John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes on the Old and New Testaments were among his best-selling titles. Adam Clarke’s ...

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Order, Chaos, and Broken Methodism

By Scott Kisker I officially joined the United Methodist Church in 1980 when I was confirmed. I was 12 years old. It was not a major event in my life, secular or spiritual. I had been through confirmation, but the only thing I remember was ...

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Our Daily Grace

By Courtney Lott - Do you hear the song of grace in your life? For the Rev. B.J. Funk, Associate Pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Fitzgerald, Georgia, its sweet melody has played throughout her entire life, calling to her like a ...

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In the News

Traditionalist Apprehension about a Post-Separation UMC

By Thomas Lambrecht - Last week, I reported that the Western Jurisdiction was beginning a yearlong campaign to prepare for General Conference and the ensuing separation provided by the ...

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Western Jurisdiction Prepares for Separation

By Thomas Lambrecht - Last week, the Western Jurisdiction announced that it “is beginning preparations for the next General Conference by recommitting itself to be a faithful, inviting, open, ...

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What Is a Traditional Methodist?

By Thomas Lambrecht - Traditionalist United Methodists have wrestled for several years with the question of what to call ourselves and what label to use. The need for a label became acute in ...

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What Is Truth?

By Thomas Lambrecht - "What is truth?" Pontius Pilate asked that compelling question during his interrogation of Jesus prior to condemning him to the cross (John 18:38). For Pilate, that ...

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Making Moral Choices

By Thomas Lambrecht - Over the last two weeks, we have looked at results from a recent survey conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University under the direction of Dr. ...

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Confusion About God

By Thomas Lambrecht - What is God like? That seems to be the most fundamental question any religion has to answer. Each religion has their own answer to that question, which in turn makes each ...

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Losing the Gospel

By Thomas Lambrecht - What does it mean to be saved? How is one saved? These questions are at the heart of the Gospel. John Wesley famously wrote, "I am a spirit come from God and returning to ...

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