Archives for November 2012

Churches aid storm relief effort

Staff Reports… United Methodists in New Jersey and New York are mobilizing to help residents in those areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. On Staten Island, Bethel United Methodist Church is serving as a staging area for relief efforts. Ten United Methodist congregations on Staten Island and their buildings all weathered the storm. “That’s a good […]

Bishop Schol shares details on `Sandy’ damage and relief efforts

Bishop John Schol took time in the midst of an extraordinarily busy stretch to answer questions about how the Greater New Jersey Conference, which he oversees, is coping with Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy damage and relief efforts. Managing editor Sam Hodges posed the questions and the bishop responded by email. You reported Nov. 8 that seven parsonages […]

Q&A: The power of the pulpit and the church

Every day, the church must use all its power, spiritual and otherwise, to work for the good of the gospel, says the Rev. Zan Holmes Jr. As a religious and political leader in Dallas, Texas for almost 30 years, he knows well the uses of power. He served two terms in the Texas Legislature and, […]

‘Idol’ singer doesn’t back down from sharing faith

By Tony Rossi, Special Contributor… There’s a short list of people who can say that Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson were instruments of God’s grace in their lives, but Colton Dixon is one of them. No wonder the singer who appeared earlier this year on Season 11 of American Idol refused to keep […]

Saint Paul seminary agrees to specifics of move as Adam Hamilton steps down as board chair

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, the well-known UM pastor and author, has resigned as board chair of the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo. Saint Paul officials have announced plans to move the school from its campus to the nearby United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., where Mr. Hamilton is senior […]

Bishop Schol shares details on UM-related ‘Sandy’ damage and relief efforts

  Bishop John Schol took time in the midst of an extraordinarily busy stretch to answer questions about how the Greater New Jersey Conference, which he oversees, is coping with Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy damage and relief efforts. Managing editor Sam Hodges posed the questions and the bishop responded by email. You reported Nov. 8 that seven […]

History of Hymns: John’s sermon, Charles’ hymn celebrate justification by faith

“Let Us Plead for Faith Alone” Charles Wesley UM Hymnal, No. 385 Let us plead for faith alone, faith by which our works is shown; God it is who justifies, only faith the grace applies. “To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Can Wesley’s journey illuminate our path to renewal?

This is the third in a series of columns in which we’re looking at John Wesley’s experience at Aldersgate, its 13-year prelude and its long aftermath from 1738-1791. Let us never forget the incredible blessing that is ours for having not only Wesley’s sermons but the diaries and journals that put on record his journey […]

Aging Well: Seniors need more than our quick-and-easy gifts

Not long ago I sat in a restaurant and watched a young-adult grandson cradle the elbow of his grandmother while she pushed her walker across the uneven brick floor. It seemed obvious that they were having a special grandmother-grandson date. As they neared their table, he moved ahead to pull out the chair then helped […]

Q&A: A 21st-century roadmap for the church

Author and futurist Leonard Sweet serves as the E. Stanley Jones professor of evangelism at UMC-affiliated Drew University, Madison, N.J., and visiting distinguished professor at George Fox University, Portland, Ore. His most recent books include The Greatest Story Never Told: Revive Us Again (Abingdon Press) and Viral: How Social Networking is Poised to Ignite Revival […]

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