Christ’s death and our life

By John R. W. Stott – Jesus was spending his last evening on earth in quiet seclusion with his apostles. It was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and they had met to eat the Passover meal together in a friend’s house. The place is described as “a large upper room, furnished […]

The Church’s Foundation

By Tom Lambrecht – Watching the fire consuming the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on the evening news aroused a feeling of horror and helplessness. Would the whole building be consumed? Would priceless treasures from 850 years of history be lost? Would beautiful works of art and sculpture be destroyed? News in […]

At the foot of the cross: Good Friday meditation

By  Fleming Rutledge – “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother. And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” –John 19:26,27 The day of Jesus’ crucifixion was not — I […]

The conquering faith of Jackie Robinson

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson – By George Mitrovich – Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, received posthumously the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The presentation of the Gold Medal to Rachel Robinson, […]

Engaging Adam Hamilton’s Approach to the Bible

By Teddy Ray – “The Bible does not work according to the, ‘The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it’ formula. Instead, we must read its words in the light of their historical context, try to understand why the authors wrote what they wrote, and read its less humane verses (calls for vengeance, […]

An Open Letter Response to James Howell

By Thomas Lambrecht – Dear Dr. Howell, A friend called my attention to the video you posted on YouTube for your congregation. I believe you to be an informed and thoughtful person, which makes your gross misrepresentation of the Traditional Plan and those who support it appear to be not just a mistake but a purposeful mischaracterization […]

The Rise of the Moderate Incompatibilists

By Thomas Lambrecht – When the Committee on a Way Forward was first established, I floated a way of categorizing various perspectives regarding United Methodism’s view of marriage and sexuality. In these categories, “traditional incompatibilists” and “progressive incompatibilists” could not live in a denomination that allowed practices they disagree with. On the other hand, “traditional […]

Relocating the church outside the walls

By John Smith – Editor’s note: John Smith, an evangelist, author, and founder of the God’s Squad Motorcycle Club in Australia, was a friend of Good News Magazine. He died on March 6, 2019. We republish this article from the January/February 2000 issue of Good News Magazine in his honor. For 35 years, I have been […]

Remembering biker preacher John “Bullfrog” Smith (1942-2019)

By Steve Beard – John Smith, an evangelist, author, and founder of the God’s Squad Motorcycle Club in Australia, died on March 6, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. According to news reports, hundreds of bikers were in attendance at Smith’s funeral to pay their respects – including those […]

Doing General Conference Math

By Thomas Lambrecht – Supporters of the One Church Plan are considering a number of options in the wake of the decision by the 2019 General Conference to adopt the Traditional Plan. One of those options is to come back in 2020 to the General Conference in Minneapolis and attempt to reverse the result, adopting […]