Learning God’s Ways

By Thomas Lambrecht – We human beings do not like to be told what to do. Our DNA was formed in disobedience and rebellion in the first garden, when Adam and Eve decided they knew better than God. We sometimes feel bound or restricted by the law. We tend to obey those laws that we […]

Of What Spirit are We?

By Thomas Lambrecht – “When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way, they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was […]

Snake in the Manger

By Steve Beard – One of my dear friends bought a Christmas tree ornament featuring the Grinch in a Covid-19 mask muttering, “2020: Stink, Stank, Stunk!” That exasperation and frustration is shared by so many. Thankfully, some of our holiday traditions were able to be modified and reconfigured: Santa sat behind a plexiglass barrier at […]

Life matters: A Christmas meditation

By Rob Renfroe – We Christians believe the most remarkable things. Incredible things, really. We believe that God exists. That’s our most important belief. But it’s not the most surprising or incredible. We believe that he came to earth as a human being. We believe that as a human being he died on a cross. […]

European Conferences Move toward LGBT Affirmation

By Thomas Lambrecht – In late November, the Germany Central Conference and the Norway Annual Conference both took steps to reject United Methodism’s long-standing views on marriage and ordination by affirming the practice of homosexuality. These steps reflect the more progressive theological viewpoint of most United Methodists in Western Europe. (The situation is much different […]

Journey

By Shannon Vowell – Editor’s note: In a time when United Methodism is heading toward an uncertain and undefined future, Shannon Vowell – a frequent contributor to Good News – reminds us that the essence of the Christian life – Christian discipleship – is journeying onward toward Jesus and with Jesus. The call of God […]

New Liberationist Denomination?

By Thomas Lambrecht A group called the Liberation Methodist Connexion has announced their formation as a “grassroots denomination, the first Methodist denomination committed to being intentionally LGBTQIA2S+ affirming and centered in liberating intersectional justice ministries.” Some 45 clergy and lay leaders, mostly from The United Methodist Church, made the announcement, including some well-known pro-gay activists […]

Gratitude and the Socially-Distanced Thanksgiving

By Steve Beard – Over the many months of the worldwide pandemic, our nation has weathered wildfires in the West, hurricanes in the South, “murder hornets” in the Pacific Northwest, stay-at-home orders, nationwide protests, shuttered business, postponed funerals, drive-up church services, video classrooms, mask mandates, and a deeply polarized election. Lord, have mercy. It just […]

Share Thanksgiving with an African Methodist Pastor

At World Methodist Evangelism (WME), we desire that Christ followers within the global Wesleyan family would become agents of transformation by sharing the Gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit. One way to become a change agent is to address the needs of the current moment. Due to the effects of Covid-19 and an […]

Separation and Self-Determination

By Thomas Lambrecht – One of the values promoted by U.S. foreign policy over the years (and imperfectly adhered to) is the value of self-determination. This is the idea that people ought to be able to determine for themselves their own government and national policies, rather than having them imposed on them by a coercive […]

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