Let’s Not Repeat St. Louis

By Rob Renfroe – General Conference 2020 is less than a year away. There is much work to do if we are to avoid a repeat of St. Louis when we gather in Minneapolis. Legislation that can end our fighting needs to be written in the next few months to be properly before the Conference. […]

Global Church Wrestles with Post GC2019 Pain

By Heather Hahn – About a month after the special General Conference, United Methodist leaders from Austria to Zimbabwe were still reckoning with what happened and expressing pain all around. Members of four denominational leadership bodies took time out of a joint meeting in Manila, Philippines, to plan 2020 General Conference legislation to discuss what […]

Shepherd to the Fringes

By Steve Beard – “Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek … at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and […]

Beauty from Ashes

By Shannon Vowell – Tragic events just days apart infused Holy Week with grief this year. The Monday after Palm Sunday, Notre Dame de Paris – fabled icon of Gothic architecture, French history, and Catholic identity – burned … as a global audience of millions watched and wept. Then, Easter Sunday, carefully coordinated terrorist attacks […]

Obsessed with the Resurrection

By Kenneth Tanner – A great befuddlement befalls some intelligent Christians when it comes to the definition of resurrection. On Holy Saturday the New York Times published an interview with the president of Union Theological Seminary in which she mentioned Christian “obsession” with the physicality of our Lord’s resurrection. Count me among the obsessed. There […]

Jesus and the Miracle of Abundance

By Jessica LaGrone – God loves to deal in the small. I know that sounds like a contradiction when you’re talking about miracles, where we step back in awe of the big and bold actions of God, but it’s true. The big things that God does often begin with something small. When our family moved […]

Case for Separate Paths

By Kent Millard and David F. Watson – As the 2019 General Conference limped toward its conclusion, those in attendance were reminded that we could not stay beyond our allotted time in the convention center. The next major event would be a monster truck rally. The monster truck rally prep crew needed time to spread […]

Bittersweet Outcome

By Kathy L. Gilbert – The votes were counted and one plan won, but this is a bittersweet moment in The United Methodist Church’s history, said many who supported the Traditional Plan. The vote to strengthen the church’s bans on “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy and same-sex weddings was the right one, said the Rev. Jody […]

Judicial Council Rules

By Thomas Lambrecht – In its recent Decision 1378, the Judicial Council has properly ruled that many parts of the Traditional Plan are constitutional and can go into effect. They will take effect on January 1, 2020. United Methodists around the globe can be gratified that the Judicial Council has upheld the direction and will […]

Grace Keeps Working

By Jack Jackson – One of the great benefits of living in California is the easy access to the great outdoors and especially some of the most beautiful National Parks in the United States. My family particularly enjoys Yosemite and Joshua Tree National Parks. As we’ve spent time in each of them the past eight […]