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 […]

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. […]

A Journey in Discernment

  By Jennifer Jones – I almost didn’t go on the “GreenLight” mission trip. I had already participated in a fair number of short-term mission trips and had already visited the country where the team would be going. I was concerned whether the experience would bring me closer to solving the puzzle of what to do […]

Dungeon Grace

By B.J. Funk – Joseph was around seventeen when his cruel brothers sold him to a caravan of Ishmaelites on their way to Egypt. These folks were all kin, descending from half brothers Isaac and Ishmael. So much for loving your relatives. It took 30 days for Joseph and the caravan to arrive in Egypt, […]

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