Glide Leaves Methodism

By Thomas Lambrecht – Resolution is finally in sight after two contentious years of strife between Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the California-Nevada Annual Conference (CNAC) and the leadership of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, a progressive church with a well-established reputation for being the largest United Methodist church in the Western Jurisdiction […]

Popes, Politicians & Perkins

By Courtney Lott In 1972, Time magazine implemented what is now known as “Person of the Year.” Far from an automatic honor, this distinction merely designates someone as a representation of the year that has just passed. From popes to politicians, the list of those who have graced the cover includes powerful, and often power-hungry, […]

Jack Hayford: Pastor to Pastors

By Steve Beard Over the last 40 years, one of the most popular modern day hymns is “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” written by Jack Hayford. Congregations from all denominations around the globe have sung it with reverence and gusto.   Included in The United Methodist Hymnal, the song was written in 1977 while Hayford and […]

All Things New

By Max S. Wilkins – “And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, ‘Today – at the latest, tomorrow – we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.’ You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re […]

Cotton Candy Christianity

By B.J. Funk – Have you ever been to the Church of Cotton Candy Christianity? Hopefully, there’s not one in your town, though they sometime show up in the best of neighborhoods. Cotton Candy Christianity is a belief that holds no substance and a whole lot of sugary fluff. It dresses up in beautiful pastel […]

Choose Kindness

By Rob Renfroe – It’s not news that our country was divided before the election. It’s not news that our country will continue to be divided after the election. And, hopefully, it is not news to you that this nation desperately needs the people of God to model a different, better way forward. The world […]

Doing Something New is hard in the Best of Times

By Walter Fenton – Most United Methodists are now familiar with the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation,” a detailed plan calling for an amicable division of the church. It garnered the support of bishops in Africa, Eurasia, the Philippines, and the U.S., including that of Bishop Cynthia Harvey, President of the Council of […]

Brokenness, Burgers, and Redemption

By Steve Beard – At the height of the government mandated lockdown earlier this year, Kraft Heinz factories were operating around the clock in order to meet the demand for macaroni and cheese. According to the New York Times, retailers at the same time saw a 50 percent increase in demand for Slim Jim beef […]

God is in Control, Even When You’re Not

By Nik Wallenda – When I was growing up, my family had a small wire strung across our backyard. It’s the one I first walked when I was two. It’s the one that my mother and father patiently instructed me on, teaching me the mechanics and movements of the Wallenda family. I remember falling off […]

The Long Wait in Hope

By Shannon Vowell – The darkest part of the year sets the stage for our annual celebration of the Light of the world, dawning. “Earth stands hard as iron,” the beloved carol keens, “water like a stone.” But the baby is born, nonetheless. And the heavens split open with ecstatic jubilation. And the humble ones […]

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