Living on a Mission Field

By Rob Renfroe – Welcome to the mission field! That may sound strange to those of you living within the United States, but it’s true, and it’s important for us to understand that we are living on a mission field. That reality should impact how we see ourselves and how we relate to those around […]

Come and See: The Power of Prevenient Grace

By Maggie Ulmer – People come to faith in all kinds of ways. God will use anything and everything if it permits him access to the human heart. I know of a young man raised in a Christian family who adopted the moral and ethical frameworks of Christianity, yet he remained largely untouched by conviction […]

Reclaiming the Radiant Vision

By Tara Beth Leach –  Somewhere in the mid-1990s, when I was a new Christian, I came across a popular bronze statue by Dean Kermit Allison. The sculpture was called “Born Again,” and it depicted a man shedding his old self with a bronze layer of skin, and his new self was being born anew […]

Farewell to a Friend: Remembering Wiliam J. Abraham

On Thursday, October 7, United Methodism lost a remarkable scholar who exercised his theological and spiritual gifts with wit and precision. Dr. William J. Abraham was one of the theologian pillars of the church – not just in Methodism, but in broader ecumenical circles, as well. He was a herculean force for traditional Wesleyan theology […]

New Life After Prison

By Joe Henderson –   Melissa Stevens, inmate number G30701 to the Florida Department of Corrections, didn’t know anything about the Rev. Kris Schonewolf the first time they met. Until that point, it had been just another day at Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, Florida. Stevens was nearing the end of her sentence for grand theft […]

Life Vests and Torpedoes

By Steve Beard – Some of the most emotional moments broadcast on television are when deployed military parents return unexpectedly to surprise their kids coming home from school, during a musical recital, or at a graduation. Sheer joy boils over and you can almost feel the tight squeeze of the bear hugs. Tears of happiness […]

Healing our Doctrinal Dyslexia

In honor of the passing of our friend Dr. William J. Abraham, we are republishing an address he presented at the 1995 national gathering of the Confessing Movement Within the United Methodist Church in Atlanta. By William J. Abraham –   One of the most heartening features of life in the United Methodist Church is the […]

Church Hits Airwaves in Kenya to Reach Vulnerable Communities

By Faith Wanjiru, UM News – The Rev. Josam Kariuki of Trinity United Methodist Church in Narok, Kenya, and other clergy began livestreaming worship services and sharing messages of hope during the COVID-19 pandemic. The livestream, however, was only getting to followers who had smartphones. “A good number of my followers,” he said, “use button […]

Why I’m Going With The Global Methodist Church

By JJ Mannschreck – Speaking as a young clergy with a (God willing) long career in front of me, I think it’s important for me to explain why some of us are considering going with the Global Methodist Church (GMC). 1. The Definition of Progressive. There’s a lot of noise being made in the current […]

A Sufficient Christmas

By B.J. Funk –  Before my mother-in-law left for heaven, she was trapped in her limited body by a debilitating stroke. For five years, she lay motionless in the bed, unable to speak or communicate.  Christmas came. Roy and I traveled from sunny South Georgia to the snow laden streets of Burlington, Michigan, our first […]

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