A Grand Story Line in Harlem

By Steve Beard- “We don’t have long here, children. Our hopes and aspirations may feel limitless, but our days are finite, our experiences fading in the twinkling of an eye,” observed actress Cicely Tyson in her recent memoir, Just As I Am. “Death is a love note to the living, to regard every day, every […]

Kingdom Believers in a Partisan World

By Carolyn Moore- Thinking back only two years ago, it is hard to imagine that wearing a medical mask could have become a national political conflict. And if someone had told me only a year ago that my faith would be called into question because I suspended in-person worship for three months during a worldwide […]

Don’t Gut the Fish

By Zim Flores – The book of Jonah chronicles a man of the same name who rebelled against the instructions of God and fled from Nineveh. He was tossed into a tumultuous sea, only to be swallowed by a giant fish that God had appointed. Inside the fish’s belly, Jonah was faced with a decision: […]

Joy in the Jungle

By Joy Smith Griffin – “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’“ John 7:38, NLT “This river is our life.” Unspoken, yet undeniably implied, these words played out before me as I stepped gingerly onto the banks of the Amazon […]

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

By Thomas Lambrecht- Our church and our culture are divided. Same-sex marriage, gender identity, pornography, abortion, cohabitation, divorce. These and other “culture war” issues pose a challenge to Christians about how to understand and articulate biblical Christian values in a post-Christian society. The problem is that we are in reactive mode, responding to each of […]

Stirring up Mission Vision

By Jenifer Jones- Nearly 20 years ago, Jorge Acevedo had an epiphany. He’s the lead pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida. At the time, his church was one of the fastest growing United Methodist congregations in the United States. “Our local mission was on fire. I mean, we were […]

Shaken but not Stirred

By Sarah Parham – Everything from air travel to celebrating holidays to childhood education to church life has undergone dramatic shifts. As we watch the evening news, it seems as if our worlds are being completely shaken.  But are they? I have a framed quote on my desk right now from James Bryan Smith. It […]

The Challenge of Change

By B.J. Funk – “Plan your work and work your plan.” Sometimes, however, those plans have to be laid aside. That’s where churches found ourselves this past year. Covid-19 took the lead role in the play called, “Think Again … You Actually Thought You Were in Charge?” Actually, yes. We did. If not us, then […]

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