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I Confess: I Don’t Understand

By Rob Renfroe - I remain confounded as to why the majority of bishops would endorse “The “One Church Plan” as a way to unify the denomination. In a previous editorial, I suggested that one reason is they do not comprehend who we evangelicals are, ...

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Revitalizing British Methodism

By Linda Bloom - With John Wesley’s study chair, Charles Wesley’s organ, and the Museum of Methodism on-site, it would be possible to conclude that Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission in London is stuck in time – the late 18th century, to be ...

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True Identity

By Steve Beard - “Growing up, we were German,” said Kyle Merker, in a television commercial for Ancestry.com. “We danced in a German dance group. I wore lederhosen,” he says in a voiceover of him dancing the traditional Bavarian Schuhplattler in his ...

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The Undivided Heart

By Carolyn Moore - Most anyone who has ever held a part-time position in a church will be the first to tell you there is really no such thing as “part-time” in church work. “Part-time” is a carrot they dangle so they can get you on the payroll and ...

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The Limits of Methodism

By Thomas Lambrecht - How progressive can a congregation become before it ceases to be United Methodist? That is the question that progressive Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the California-Nevada Annual Conference has been forced to ask. In June, Carcaño ...

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Orphans and Mustard Seeds

By Shannon Vowell - When Jesus taught in parables, his metaphors powerfully engaged listeners because they were so often unexpected – even shocking. Many still are. The image of a mustard seed to teach about faith retains its capacity to compel ...

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Evangelism Lessons from a West Coast Bishop

By David Watson - Last summer a friend recommended a podcast called “Word on Fire” and I have been a grateful listener ever since. Word on Fire is a podcast that embodies a much-neglected kind of public discourse. Unlike much of the surface ...

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In the News

Is the Traditional Plan Punitive?

By Thomas Lambrecht - While no one has explicitly told me that he or she thought the Traditional Plan is punitive, that appears to be an undercurrent of thinking among those who oppose the plan. ...

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North Central Jurisdiction Hispanic Caucus Endorses Traditional Plan

By Thomas Lambrecht - The North Central Jurisdiction Hispanic Caucus met in Monroe, Wisconsin, on September 21-22. They met under the theme Transformed to Transform the World. The group discussed ...

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2019 General Conference Process Set

By Thomas Lambrecht - As we get closer to the special called General Conference scheduled for February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, more aspects of the process are coming into clearer focus. The ...

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Gracious Exit Supported

By Thomas Lambrecht - According to an article by Heather Hahn of UM New Service, "A theologically diverse group of United Methodists wants General Conference delegates to prioritize passing a ...

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Upgrading the Traditional Plan

By Thomas Lambrecht - Since the Traditional Plan was presented by the Commission on a Way Forward, other ideas have surfaced in order to enhance it. Those ideas have been submitted to General ...

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Responding to Talking Points

By Thomas Lambrecht - An organization formed to promote the One Church Plan (OCP) at the special called 2019 General Conference has recently issued a dozen talking points in support of the OCP. ...

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Resurrection: “Metaphorical” or “Literal”

By Thomas Lambrecht - In the midst of our denomination's controversy over marriage and sexuality, it is easy to forget there are issues of even greater weight that divide The United Methodist ...

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