Archives for March 2012

Faith Talk Resources

Here are some special resources you might find helpful …   Did You Know? The United Methodist Church has developed a unique lingo during its history. We have words that relate specifically to how we, as United Methodists, carry out our ministry. Need to get familiar with the terms? Try checking out the glossary…   […]

History of Hymns

International colleagues give us ‘Christ is Risen’ This History of Hymns feature tells of the interesting collaboration behind “Christ Is Risen,” No. 313 in the UM Hymnal. Read more…       Wesley hymn explores scene of the crucifixion C. Michael Hawn, looks at Charles Wesley’s “O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done.” Read more…    […]

Movie Reviews

On screen, ‘Blue Like Jazz’ is rich conversation starter Donald Miller’s spiritual memoir Blue Like Jazz connected in a big way with many young adult Christians. Special contributor Mike Baughman has our review of the new film version. Read more…   We Bought a Zoo moves from reality to ‘reel’ life UMR Associate Editor Bill […]

Book Reviews

Hijacked urges churches to avoid partisan politics Clayton Childers reviews Hijacked: Responding to the Partisan Church Divide, a new book by Mike Slaughter and Charles E. Gutenson. Read more…     Tracking the rise and fall of Methodism in America Special contributor Thomas Kidd reviews Mark Tooley’s new book Methodism and Politics in the Twentieth […]

Music Reviews

Artist’s Christian music leaves room for doubt, mystery and experience. Christian pop-rock artist Jonathan Rundman is out with a restrospective CD, and the Rev. Brian Q. Newcomb gives it an admiring review.  More…     CD blends spirituality from different cultures. Carrie Newcomer’s latest recording, Everything is Everywhere, surprises by drawing on Eastern influences. Staff […]

Four steps toward vitality in our denomination

By Adam Hamilton ••• Special Contributor As an aside, I don’t believe that restructuring the general boards is the key to having a future with hope; I see it as an opportunity to more effectively do the work of the church. This is more than rearranging the proverbial “deck chairs on the Titanic” but if […]

Q&A: Planning the Act of Repentance

History has not been kind to the 32 million indigenous peoples in the world, according to the Rev. Stephen Sidorak Jr., but he hopes that United Methodists can begin a process that helps create change for the future at General Conference 2012 in Tampa.

A brief history of General Conference sessions

Each General Conference has its story and its record of accomplishment. Associate editor Bill Fentum offers a boiled-down look at each one since 1968, when the United Methodist Church was formed.

Will restructuring of the UMC cut vital ministry?

Agency restructuring. Ending guaranteed appointment. Those are just some of the big issues confronting General Conference 2012.

Separating truths, myths about Call to Action

By Bishop Gregory Palmer ••• Special Contributor There is a myth that the Call to Action started with discussions by UMC leaders in 2008. But the truth is that it originated when the Wesleys first began organizing the people called Methodists for the work of personal and social holiness. From its inception, the movement that […]