Not Losing Hope on the Road to Emmaus

By Reverend Rob Renfroe – Just one week earlier the two men had come to Jerusalem. On what would later be called Palm Sunday, they entered the city with Jesus. Their hearts swelled as the crowds shouted his name and called him king. They watched him enter the Temple as if he owned the place. […]

From Skeptic To Believer

By Eric Huffman – Finding the drawer full of teeth was the point of no return along my journey into cynicism. I was eight or nine years old when, while ransacking my mom’s bedside table in search of loose change because the ice cream truck was fast approaching, I happened upon a plastic bag with […]

The Spirit of St. Patrick

By Steve Beard – While sifting through obscure Spanish colonial records, it was discovered a few years ago that the very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not conducted in Boston, Chicago, nor New York City.  Instead, the Irish feast day was celebrated in modern day St. Augustine, Florida, in 1601.  “They processed through the […]

Review: Perfect Love

  By Andrew C. Thompson – John Wesley met with a group of Methodist preachers in London for a watch-night service on February 6, 1789. It was just two years before his death, and Wesley was an old man. Yet age and infirmity did not hinder him from impressing upon his young followers what he had […]

Hearts of Fire with Perfect Love

By Kevin M. Watson – Methodism is in the midst of an identity crisis. We have forgotten who we are. We have abandoned our theological heritage. God raised up the people called Methodists to preach, teach, and experience one core doctrine. This doctrine is Methodism’s reason for existence. If we get this right, everything else […]

Review: Prayer In The Night

By Elizabeth Glass Turner – There is a point when dog-earing a book becomes an exercise in futility. My copy of Tish Harrison Warren’s Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep is accordioned with an absurdly unhelpful number of dog-eared pages. The Anglican priest and author constructed a kind of […]

Getting United Methodism Unstuck

  By Thomas Lambrecht – The dust is clearing after an eventful last few months for The United Methodist Church. General Conference is postponed in-person to August 2022. A special virtual General Conference was scheduled for May 8, 2021, and then canceled. The new Global Methodist Church has been unveiled as denomination information – to […]

Abundant Life

By Shannon Vowell – Spring pushing white and lavender and pink into dazzling prominence as the gray and brown disappear. Easter joy writ large on the landscape. Alongside the greening, something new in my neighborhood, a winter-is-over ritual: Regiments of middle-school boys – hoodie-clad, bicycle-mounted, wielding iPhones and skateboards – are climbing up onto roofs. […]

When Movements Lose Direction

  By Windfield Bevins – Methodism swept across the American frontier like an uncontrollable prairie fire. That is hardly how we would describe it today. There are great benefits in considering some of the things that led the decline of Methodism. What lessons can we learn from the past so we don’t repeat them tomorrow?The […]

An Overlooked Flock

By Terry Mattingly – While working on the 1985 book Habits of the Heart, the late sociologist Robert N. Bellah met “Sheila,” who described her faith in words that researchers have quoted ever since. “I can’t remember the last time I went to church,” she said. “My faith has carried me a long way. It’s […]

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