We’re Not Leaving

By Rob Renfroe – Progressive and moderate leaders have an interesting dilemma. Do they partner with leading traditionalists to create and pass a path for amicable separation at General Conference 2020? Or do they fight on, hoping to overturn the church’s teaching on sexual ethics? Some progressives and moderates have stated they favor amicable separation. […]

Riverside’s Ministry to the Community

By William March – In the heart of Little Havana, just west of the Miami River, sits an anomaly – Riverside United Methodist Church. It’s in a neighborhood that struggles with poverty, inadequate housing, and social isolation. There are plenty of churches, but most are storefronts with just enough room for a small crowd on […]

Back Row America

By Steve Beard – Chris Arnade earned a PhD in theoretical physics and spent 20 years on Wall Street making piles of money as a bond trader. In a season of disillusionment with his lucrative career, he began walking around New York City to relieve stress and take photographs of graffiti artists, Schwinn bike clubs, […]

A Supernatural Kingdom

By Carolyn Moore – In Luke 4, as he sits among his people, Jesus casts a vision for a radical change in the spiritual climate. He stands up in the middle of church one day and reads from a scroll unrolled to the words of the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon […]

Preparing for General Conference 2020

By Timothy Tennent – Leonard Ravenhill once said, “there is no greater tragedy than a sick church in a dying world.” The United Methodist Church is hurting and sick. It is one of the few things that people across the various divisions all seem to agree on. When the UM Church, or any church, is […]

Discovering God Through the Trees

By Matthew Sleeth – I love trees. I always have. I love looking at them. I love sitting in their shade. I love hearing the sound of wind rustling through their leaves. But what can trees teach us? Specifically, what can trees teach us about the nature of God and his love for us? Nearly […]

Steadfast Faith

By Nako Kellum – Why do I continue to believe in God? I asked myself this question as I was listening to Maybe God, a podcast hosted by the Rev. Eric Huffman, a United Methodist pastor in Houston. This episode featured a conversation between Huffman and Mr. Bart Campolo, son of the Rev. Tony Campolo. […]

The Hand of God

By Kenneth Tanner The hands that crafted humanity from the dust are the hands that grasp Mary’s finger as she looks on her infant God with awe. The divine finger that etched the commandment concerning adultery into the stone on Sinai is the human finger that drew in the sand as the frenzied crowd picked […]

Cost for Exiting Churches

By Heather Hahn, UMNS – Neil Sedaka summed it up best: Breaking up is hard to do. For congregations that want to leave The United Methodist Church, a breakup also could get very expensive. Delegates to the special General Conference in February approved two measures that enable churches to exit based on disagreements related to […]

Exit Path Fairness

COMMENTARY By Thomas Lambrecht – The Renewal and Reform Coalition understands that the exit path passed by General Conference poses a potentially impossible expense for local churches desiring to exit from the denomination. The high cost is driven primarily by the need to provide for the pension promises made to current and former clergy who […]