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Is a New Disaffiliation Pathway Needed?

Is a New Disaffiliation Pathway Needed?

  Is a New Disaffiliation Pathway Needed? By Thomas Lambrecht Recently, several articles have come out saying that there are already disaffiliation pathways for annual conferences and local churches, so new pathways do not need to be enacted by the 2024 General...

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Radiant Scars

Radiant Scars

Radiant Scars By Stephen Seamands The marks of death that God chose never to erase, The wounds of love’s eternal mark, When the kingdom comes, with its perfect sons, He will be known by the scars. –Michael Card As its cover story, the March 27, 2000, issue of Newsweek...

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Regionalization: the New Colonialism?

Regionalization: the New Colonialism? By Thomas Lambrecht The top agenda item for the 2024 General Conference in April for most progressives is to adopt “regionalization” as the new mode of United Methodist governance. This proposal would be a dramatic shift in how...

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Start Off 2024 with an Act of Rebellion

Start Off 2024 with an Act of Rebellion By David F. Watson There’s nothing more central to the postmodern Western mind than radical autonomy. Put more simply, we can express the common mindset of our age as something like, “I’ll do what I want and be who I want. I’ll...

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Leave Your Stuff Behind

Leave Your Stuff Behind By Maxie Dunnam Tucked away in the Old Testament story of Joseph’s journey into Egypt is a verse packed with far more meaning than appears on the surface. It teaches an eternal truth that we’d do well to consider as we enter the New Year....

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Faith in a Time of Transition

Faith in a Time of Transition By Thomas Lambrecht Advent is a season of preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and preparing for his coming again. Advent reminds us that we are in the time “between the times.” We are in the time between Jesus’ first and...

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Mary’s Devoted Heart

Mary's Devoted Heart By Dick McClain Growing up, I don’t recall having heard a sermon on Mary, the mother of Jesus. She did get dusted off every December for the Christmas pageant. But apart from her annual appearance reincarnated in the form of a budding young...

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Marks of a Methodist 6: Perfection

Marks of a Methodist 6: Perfection By Thomas Lambrecht This edition of Perspective concludes our survey of the marks or characteristics of a Methodist, as put forward by Bishop Gerald Kennedy in his 1960 book of that name. We have seen that the marks of a Methodist...

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Will Regionalization be an Option for Africa?

Will Regionalization be an Option for Africa? - By Jerry Kulah - It has become abundantly clear in recent times that the issue of “regionalization” has taken center stage within The United Methodist Church body politic. This is evidenced by the fact that some...

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Giving Thanks (Even Now)

Giving Thanks (Even Now) -  By Shannon Vowell - This is the first Thanksgiving in my adult life when the scripture verse that most accurately describes our collective mood seems to be Matthew 10:34-36. Jesus said, "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the...

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The Marks of a Methodist 4: Mission

The Marks of a Methodist 4: Mission -  By Thomas Lambrecht - We have been examining what it means to be a Methodist in honor of John Wesley’s tract, The Character of a Methodist, but following a modern version of those ideas in Bishop Gerald Kennedy’s 1960 book, The...

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Judicial Council (Partly) Faces Reality

Judicial Council (Partly) Faces Reality - By Thomas Lambrecht - In a recent decision, the Judicial Council has partly walked back their earlier resolution that the 2020 General Conference was not cancelled, only postponed. Unfortunately, this walk-back comes too late...

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