Archives for October 2012

Wesleyan Wisdom: Working toward an honest view of Aldersgate

Every United Methodist church is being challenged to become a “vital congregation.” For many, this is like pushing a snowball uphill as their strength is threatened by the ravages of aging membership and a sad track record in what our Book of Discipline defines as the mission of the local church—making disciples. As we engage […]

Halloween special: Reports of spooky happenings in UM settings

Churches are havens of safety, places of welcome and respite, a heavenly pathway to God — but that doesn’t mean they can’t have their own tales of unexplained happenings. Some United Methodist churches, cemeteries and at least one home of a well-known Methodist reportedly have things that go bump in the dark (or daylight) — […]

History of Hymns: Gospel hymn celebrates Christ’s gift of salvation

“Victory in Jesus” M. Bartlett UM Hymnal, No. 370 I heard an old, old story how a Savior came in glory, how he gave his life on Calvary to save a wretch like me; I hear about his groaning, of his precious blood’s atoning, then I repented of my sins and won the victory. * […]

Pastor: Positioning for ‘glory’ is the real work of worship

By Carolyn Moore, Special Contributor… And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”—Isaiah 6:3 “Mary” and “Tim” have what my mother would have called “a bad case of the can’t-help-its.” They are precious souls, in fact, but for years they struggled with the demons […]

Survey: Most in U.S. at ease with athletes’ religious expression

By Jeanie Groh, Religion News Service… Tim Tebow can wear all the Bible verses he wants on his eye black: Most Americans don’t mind professional athletes expressing their faith on and off the field, according to a new study. A poll conducted by Grey Matter Research and Consulting shows that 49 percent of Americans see […]

Fall 2012 Judicial Council roundup

A report from the Oct. 24-27 meeting of the United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, which considered18 cases.

Indiana UMs volunteer for Habitat Blitz Build

By Daniel R. Gangler, Special Contributor HENRYVILLE, Ind.—Hoosier United Methodists joined with corporations and other groups on Oct. 8 to kick off with Habitat for Humanity of Indiana a million-dollar “Raise the Roof Over Southern Indiana” Blitz Build project in Henryville’s south-side Twin Oaks subdivision. The houses are for survivors whose homes were destroyed by […]

United Methodist up for CNN Hero award

By Susan Green, Special Contributor… BOCA RATON, Fla.—When i began caring for her ailing grandfather, she was still in grade school in Nutley, N.J. At age 13, she rose early one morning to give her grandfather medication and discovered he was no longer breathing. “That was really traumatic,” she said. “It had more of an […]

United Methodists in northeast brace for storm

United Methodists in the Northeast are bracing for the incoming Hurricane Sandy today, which is expected to make landfall in Central New Jersey. Forecasters say the “superstorm” threatens 50 million people in the nation’s most heavily populated area. UMCOR Assistant General Secretary for U.S. disaster response, the Rev. Tom Hazelwood, urged residents of the Northeast […]

Spreading hope for teens who feel they have none

By Charlotte Ferrell Smith, Charleston Daily Mail… CROSS LANES, W.Va.—Suicide is the No. 2 killer of teenagers in West Virginia and throughout the country, said the Rev. Gary Nelson, who almost lost his own son to suicide. Mr. Nelson now travels extensively to talk about teen depression and suicide, which is second only to automobile […]