Changing Colors

By B.J. Funk – Maybe some of you remember the Andy Griffith show, and if so, you likely remember Otis. Otis had a drinking problem, and whenever he had too much, he came to the Sheriff’s office, went into one of the two cells and slept it off. In fact, he came so often that […]

Voices of The Global South

By Max Wilkins  – As The United Methodist Church moves ever closer to the seemingly inevitable adoption of the Protocol for separation and the establishment of the Global Methodist Church (GMC), those of us who remain committed to traditional understandings and expressions of Methodism owe a huge debt of gratitude to the international members of […]

If They Do These Things Now

By Rob Renfroe – Not long ago I spoke via Zoom to the Zimbabwe General Conference delegation. They have asked several persons representing all theological views to talk to them about the future of the United Methodist Church. The man who spoke before I did would classify himself as a “centrist” with progressive leanings. He’s […]

Pastoral Perseverance Amid Challenges

By Chenayi Kumuterera (UM News) – Every Sunday, the Rev. Annamore Kahlari awakens before sunrise to pack a bag for her long walk. She is the pastor in charge of Zimbabwe’s Chikore Circuit, Makoni Buhera District. She journeys about 15 miles each way, carrying a satchel containing a Bible, hymnbook, and bottle of water. Her […]

Making Joyful Noise

By Kudzai Chingwe –  In Psalm 40:3, David praises God, who “put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” Like the Psalmist, three Zimbabweans – a child and two young adults with United Methodist roots – use […]

Methodist Evangelist Eddie Fox dies at 83

Over the years, those of us at Good News grew to consider Eddie Fox a great friend and brother in Christ. He was the most recognizable Methodist personality around the globe for many decades. Fox was passionate about his love for Jesus Christ and had a rocksteady commitment to sharing the good news of the […]

The Gift That Kept on Giving

By Boyce A. Bowdon –  It was Wednesday, May 27, 1981. The session of the Oklahoma Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church was underway at Boston Avenue Church in Tulsa. Next on the agenda was a presentation of the largest gift for missions the Oklahoma Conference had ever received: a multi-million-dollar-bequest from the estates […]

Revisiting The Character of a Methodist

By David F. Watson – In his influential tract “The Character of a Methodist,” John Wesley describes the kind of person he hopes God will produce through the Methodist movement. True Christianity, according to Wesley, consists not simply in belief or good works,  though both proper belief and good works are important. Neither does he […]

Train Up a Child

By Shannon Vowell – Jesus is crazy about kids.  He talks the talk: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).  “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes […]

Time For Your Church to Leave the Denomination?

By Thomas Lambrecht – This is a time fraught with anxiety and frustration for many United Methodists. Some progressives are exasperated that they are unable to fully affirm LGBTQ ordination, same-sex marriage, and various gender identities. Some traditionalists are upset at some of the ways traditionalist pastors and churches appear to have been targeted by […]

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