Focus 2: Devotional – Power of the Holy Spirit

By Samuel Chadwick – The church still has a theology of the Holy Spirit but it has no living consciousness of His presence and power. No doctrine of the Christian faith has been so neglected. The blunders and disasters of the church are largely, if not entirely, accounted for by neglect of the Spirit’s ministry […]

Focus 2: What Makes a Successful General Conference?

By Elizabeth Glass Turner – How can we move toward a common goal successfully together? That endgame may mean significantly different things to various factions in St. Louis. The problem isn’t that we can’t work together. It’s that we’re working towards different ends. To minimize those differences disrespects everyone involved.  As United Methodists of different […]

Focus 1: Devotional –  A prayer for hope

By Richard Allen (1760-1830) – O, my God, in all my dangers, temporal and spiritual, I will hope in thee who art Almighty power, and therefore able to relieve me; who art infinite goodness, and therefore ready and willing to assist me. O, precious blood of my dear Redeemer! O, gaping wounds of my crucified […]

Focus 1: Which Way Forward? Modified Traditional Plan

 By Thomas Lambrecht “I look upon all the world as my parish,” famously said John Wesley. As we gather in St. Louis, The United Methodist Church – one aspect of Wesley’s spiritual legacy – is in ministry in 60 different nations around the globe. Within the last 20 years, a notable shift has occurred from […]

Is Mainstream Selling Us Downstream?

By Chappell Temple – I’ve been getting their emails and letters almost every day, so it seems. In preparation for the upcoming General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis, a group advocating for one of the plans being proposed has been more than “methodical” about getting their message out. The problem is, […]

Revival and revisiting barrenness

– By Stephen Seamands “Sing, O barren one who did not bear; burst into song and shout you who have not been in labor … The children of the desolate woman will be more than the children of her that is married … Enlarge the site of your tent … do not hold back; lengthen […]

Are Traditionalists Only a Small Group Within the Denomination?

By Thomas Lambrecht – Recent communications from proponents of the One Church Plan have attempted to portray traditionalists and evangelicals as a small group within The United Methodist Church seeking to divide the denomination. In 2016, moderate leaders suggested that maybe 10-20 percent of the church is progressive and 10-20 percent is conservative, but the […]

A Matter of Belief or Action?

By Thomas Lambrecht – Ask the wrong question, and you will get a wrong or misleading answer. Asking the right question will help move toward understanding. A recent newsletter from the One Church Plan advocacy group “Mainstream UMC” makes the claim that, “The central question for every delegate is: ‘Are you willing to share a denomination with […]

Staying the Course: The Biblical Witness

— By Maxie Dunnam From the first General Conference of The United Methodist Church, we defined ourselves on social issues on the basis of our commitment to Scripture. This has certainly been true in relation to marriage and homosexuality. Dr. Richard Hays, internationally recognized New Testament scholar and authority on Paul’s writing, has contributed immensely […]

Some Progressive and Centrist Groups Reject Exit Path

By Thomas Lambrecht – Recent statements from two different groups portend an agenda of institutional survival taking precedence over resolving the conflict in The United Methodist Church at the upcoming General Conference. Many across the theological spectrum (including many members of the Commission on a Way Forward) have previously said that a gracious exit path […]