Everything Rises or Falls with Leadership

By Jim Cowart – If we look at all the problems in government, business, our denomination, and our local churches most us of would probably say the answer is better leadership. Sounds simple right? But simple does not mean easy. Nearly everyone agrees that leadership is a key component in change. But what does that […]

Retired Bishop to perform same-sex union

    Retired UM Bishop Talbert to perform same-sex union Retired Bishop Melvin Talbert will be the first publicly known United Methodist bishop to perform a same-sex wedding. The ceremony is scheduled for October 26 in Birmingham, Alabama. It is also the first known case of a retired bishop entering the episcopal area of an […]

The Wonder of the Name

By Steve Wood – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, NIV) The wonder of God is revealed in the incarnation. The Apostle John launches […]

Editorial: Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett deserves better. And so do we.

In September, retired Bishop Melvin Talbert announced his intention to perform a “holy wedding ceremony” on October 26 for two men in Birmingham, Alabama (see page 25). Shortly after his plans were made public, North Alabama Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett issued a statement that she had asked Bishop Talbert to reconsider. Conducting the service, Bishop Wallace-Padgett […]

If God Had a Christmas Tree

By B.J. Funk – Have you ever been in a situation where your life’s busyness collided with your priorities? When this happens the important is snuffed out, allowing the unimportant to move into first place? Something happens that brings you to the truth you were too busy to see.  That happened to me one crisp […]

Go to the People

By Reed Haigler Hoppe – I have served with The Mission Society for nearly a decade. One of the things love most about my job is having the opportunity to hear what God is doing around the world. From my little desk in the United States, I get to write about people whose lives have […]

Letters to the Editor – November/December 2013

Alarming new trends Recently, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in West Lafayette, Indiana, our Sunday school class discussed health ministries and local churches. Cokesbury’s publication Faith Link discussed stewardship of health as an individual responsibility. But then it quotes the 2012 Book of Discipline as saying health care is a basic human right. It […]

Book Review: A Historical or Fictional Jesus

By Walter Fenton – In his book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan never tires of impugning the claims of the gospel writers: Luke’s infancy narrative is “preposterous.” The account of John the Baptist’s death is “far too fanciful and riddled with too many errors to be taken as historical.” […]

From Hopscotch to Holiness

By Margie Burger – “From hopscotch to holiness.” When God spoke those words to me, I knew he had some important insights to share with me. From that time, I began listening to the Holy Spirit and studying God’s Word in anticipation of growth. I’ve not been disappointed. Hopscotch is a wonderful children’s game where […]

Merely Lewis

By Phil Tallon – Fifty years ago on November 22, 1963, the world’s foremost Christian apologist died of kidney failure. Despite his literary fame, in the following week’s newspapers, his death was overshadowed by the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and received little notice. The New York Times made up for the oversight and published […]