I Confess: I Don’t Understand

By Rob Renfroe – I remain confounded as to why the majority of bishops would endorse “The “One Church Plan” as a way to unify the denomination. In a previous editorial, I suggested that one reason is they do not comprehend who we evangelicals are, what we believe, and how deeply we hold those beliefs. […]

I Confess: I Don’t Understand

By Rob Renfroe – I remain confounded as to why the majority of bishops would endorse “The “One Church Plan” as a way to unify the denomination. In a previous editorial, I suggested that one reason is they do not comprehend who we evangelicals are, what we believe, and how deeply we hold those beliefs. […]

Revitalizing British Methodism

By Linda Bloom – With John Wesley’s study chair, Charles Wesley’s organ, and the Museum of Methodism on-site, it would be possible to conclude that Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission in London is stuck in time – the late 18th century, to be exact. That is not the case. While still welcoming visitors who want […]

True Identity

By Steve Beard – “Growing up, we were German,” said Kyle Merker, in a television commercial for Ancestry.com. “We danced in a German dance group. I wore lederhosen,” he says in a voiceover of him dancing the traditional Bavarian Schuhplattler in his festive German regalia. “When I first got on Ancestry, I was really surprised […]

The Undivided Heart

By Carolyn Moore – Most anyone who has ever held a part-time position in a church will be the first to tell you there is really no such thing as “part-time” in church work. “Part-time” is a carrot they dangle so they can get you on the payroll and soak up every minute of you, […]

The Limits of Methodism

By Thomas Lambrecht – How progressive can a congregation become before it ceases to be United Methodist? That is the question that progressive Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the California-Nevada Annual Conference has been forced to ask. In June, Carcaño issued an “open letter” to members of her annual conference regarding a confrontation with the leadership […]

Orphans and Mustard Seeds

By Shannon Vowell – When Jesus taught in parables, his metaphors powerfully engaged listeners because they were so often unexpected – even shocking. Many still are. The image of a mustard seed to teach about faith retains its capacity to compel through surprise. Jesus gave a parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard […]

Evangelism Lessons from a West Coast Bishop

By David Watson – Last summer a friend recommended a podcast called “Word on Fire” and I have been a grateful listener ever since. Word on Fire is a podcast that embodies a much-neglected kind of public discourse. Unlike much of the surface conversation we often get in the world of social media, Word on […]

Reflecting God’s Colorful Image

By Courtney Lott – Our God is a very big God. So big and so creative that a single human never could bear his image perfectly. In his vastness, he uses male and female, black and white, smart and simple, single and married to paint as full a picture as possible of his broad and […]

Hope Through Tutoring

By Boyce Bowdon – For nearly a decade, my friends Kate and Barry Miller have served in a remedial reading program their United Methodist church provides for students who attend an inner-city elementary school. Along with about 30 other volunteers, most of whom are also seniors, they help students the school administrators believe are most […]