Who Will Prevail in Minneapolis?

By Rob Renfroe – In six months, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will meet once again. And once again the business of the conference will be consumed with our differences regarding sexual ethics. Various groups have filed their plans for a way forward.  What these plans reveal is that, after a special […]

The Wesleyan Way to Read Scripture

By David F. Watson – Last semester I taught a class called Wesleyan Biblical Interpretation. We read a considerable number of Wesley’s writings along with a couple of secondary texts. Rereading these primary and secondary sources led me to ponder anew the vast differences between the way in which Wesley read the Bible and the […]

Where the Mainline Got Sidelined

By James V. Heidinger – In an ironic twist of fate or providence, it was a Jewish scholar who helped spark the intellectual and doctrinal renaissance in Dr. Thomas C. Oden (1931-2016), the pre-eminent Wesleyan theologian of our modern era. Will Herberg was a world class sociologist of religion and the author of the acclaimed […]

The Issues that Divide Us

By C. Chappell Temple – After more than forty years of discussion and debate, it’s clear that United Methodists are more divided than ever over how the church should respond to questions relating to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Far too often, however, the arguments advanced by many on both sides have been unduly caustic and […]

Sour Milk and the Law

By David Kalas – My wife, Karen, grew up in a family full of milk drinkers. Everyone’s glass of milk was filled and refilled each dinner hour. As a result, milk never had a chance to go bad in her house. In my house, on the other hand, we were not such big milk drinkers. […]

Beautifully Mended

By Nako Kellum – My father is a potter. He lives in Japan. After his retirement, he began to study pottery, and since then, he has produced hundreds of cups, bowls, and vases. He has given me a chalice set for Holy Communion, and several mugs, cups, and rice bowls. I felt bad when I […]

Give Me Jesus

By Maggie Ulmer – There’s a song. An old hymn called “Give Me Jesus.” The words are to the point: “You can have all this world. Give me Jesus.” When I think of what I wish most for my children, it’s that they would understand the profound truth of that simple lyric. We’re a clergy […]

Congo Church Connects with ‘Street Children’

By Philippe Kituka Lolonga – There are nearly 3,000 children and youth living on the streets in South Kivu. The United Methodist Church in Congo is working to build relationships – through evangelism, counseling, and other support – to help some of them find a better path. “Men of God are called to help these […]

Seculosity and Streams in the Desert

By Steve Beard – “When you pass through the waters. I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God …” (Isaiah […]

Missions and Migration

By Jim Ramsay – Migration – the movement of peoples around the world – has been going on since the beginning of time. Due to the intense political debates recently over immigration policy, many in our nation – and in our churches – risk seeing only a very narrow view of the larger phenomenon. Of […]