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 religion distinctive. Christianity has a particular answer to that question that has been taught and believed for over 3,000 years […]

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 God; just hovering over the great gulf, till a few moments hence I am no more seen […]

Stick to the Path

By Thomas Lambrecht – As a young adult, I became fascinated by the story told by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was inspired by the extraordinary adventures on behalf of human goodness undertaken by ordinary folk. Through my wife’s recommendation, I recently became acquainted with a devotional book called Walking with Bilbo (Tyndale, […]

Reconnecting the Connection

By Tom Lambrecht – Dr. Scott Kisker, professor of the History of Christianity at United Theological Seminary, published an article recently in Firebrand Magazine that will also appear in the forthcoming edition of Good News magazine. In it, he explains two foundational disconnects that have contributed to the malaise of our church that is bringing us to the point […]

Remembering Bishop John Yambasu

Along with the rest of the United Methodist family around the globe, we join in mourning the death of Bishop John K. Yambasu, the Resident Bishop of the Sierra Leone Area, who died in a car accident over the weekend outside Freetown in Sierra Leone. According to the press statement issued from the Council of Bishops, he […]

Marriage: A School for Discipleship

By Tom Lambrecht – The cover story of the current issue of Christianity Today is entitled, “Can the Church Save Marriage?” I heartily recommend that and other articles in this month’s issue that talk about the challenges to marriage in our contemporary global culture. The article is written by Dr. Mark Regnerus, professor of sociology at the […]

Coping with Covid-19 and washing dishes with love

By Steve Beard – There are good reasons to avoid watching the evening news these days. It is a rough slog, even for those with sunny dispositions. The pandemic has severally thrown us off the normal rhythm of life. Piped-in crowd cheers at baseball games, shuttered businesses on Main Street, empty classrooms, drive-up eucharist at […]

The Way of Humility, Honesty, and Courage

By Thomas Lambrecht – Religion writer Terry Mattingly recently reported that 50 percent of “strong liberals” say they would fire business executives who donate money to reelect President Donald Trump. At the same time, 36 percent of “strong conservatives” would fire executives who donate to Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign. The result of such extreme polarization, Mattingly points […]

Looking for Accountability in North Katanga

By Tom Lambrecht – Last week’s Perspective reported some troubling actions taken by the Board of Ordained Ministry in the West Congo Annual Conference, Central Congo Episcopal Area. Today’s post reports on similar actions taken in the North Katanga Annual Conference. There are 3 million United Methodists in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — the largest […]

Violations in Central Congo

By Thomas Lambrecht – The polarization of The United Methodist Church in the United States is now unfortunately surfacing in the part of the church located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – one of at least 17 countries on the continent of Africa to host United Methodist churches. There are 3 million United […]