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One Has to Wonder

By Rob Renfroe — A number of our larger, most healthy churches have recently been told that their senior pastor is being moved to another appointment, without consultation with the pastor or the congregation. One is Mt. Bethel in the North Georgia ...

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A Grand Story Line in Harlem

By Steve Beard -- “We don’t have long here, children. Our hopes and aspirations may feel limitless, but our days are finite, our experiences fading in the twinkling of an eye,” observed actress Cicely Tyson in her recent memoir, Just As I ...

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Kingdom Believers in a Partisan World

By Carolyn Moore- Thinking back only two years ago, it is hard to imagine that wearing a medical mask could have become a national political conflict. And if someone had told me only a year ago that my faith would be called into question because I ...

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Don’t Gut the Fish

By Zim Flores - The book of Jonah chronicles a man of the same name who rebelled against the instructions of God and fled from Nineveh. He was tossed into a tumultuous sea, only to be swallowed by a giant fish that God had appointed. Inside the ...

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Reading through Fresh Eyes

By David Watson - The Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley is an Anglican priest and Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. While studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, he received his PhD under the direction of the eminent ...

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Joy in the Jungle

By Joy Smith Griffin - “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’“ John 7:38, NLT “This river is our life.” Unspoken, yet undeniably implied, these words played out ...

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

By Thomas Lambrecht- Our church and our culture are divided. Same-sex marriage, gender identity, pornography, abortion, cohabitation, divorce. These and other “culture war” issues pose a challenge to Christians about how to understand and articulate ...

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In the News

Chinese-American UM leaders respond to controversial appointment maneuvers

According to a press release, the National Chinese Caucus (NCC) of the United Methodist Church urges “all parties involved in the process of appointment to maintain a spirit of peace and goodwill ...

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Korean Pastors Penalized in California

By Thomas Lambrecht Over the last two weeks, Good News has shared information about pastors of large churches in North Georgia and New Jersey where centrist-progressive bishops removed the ...

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UMNS: WCA plans new denomination

By Sam Hodges -- The Wesleyan Covenant Association met in person and online April 30-May 1, continuing to plan for a new, traditionalist Methodist denomination and passing a resolution criticizing ...

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Disruption at Mt. Bethel UM Church

By Walter Fenton -- "We were taken completely by surprise,” said Lindsay Hill, chairwoman of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church’s Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), as she still tries to ...

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Turmoil in New Jersey

By Thomas Lambrecht -- Complaints about bishops exerting autocratic authority are nothing new in Methodism. Such grievances leveled against Francis Asbury, the first Methodist bishop in America, ...

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Experience vs. Scripture

By Thomas Lambrecht -- Many who affirm the practice of homosexuality in contrast to the teachings of Scripture base their affirmation on human experience. As they would describe it, they see God at ...

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Getting the UM Church Unstuck

By Thomas Lambrecht --  The dust is clearing after an eventful month in The United Methodist Church. General Conference is postponed in-person to August 2022. A special virtual General Conference ...

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