Archives for November 2012

Film review: Argo works as thrill ride, but retains human drama

Six embassy staffers manage to evade capture, leave the building and find shelter in the home of the Canadian ambassador. For the next two months, the U.S. State Department scrambles for a way to rescue them in secret, and thus avoid jeopardizing the safety of the 52 hostages.

Laity Led – Hispanic church plant thrives near Chicago

By Tim Weeks, United Methodist News Service… Epworth United Methodist Church, in Elgin, Ill., outside of Chicago, looks like a typical suburban church. But on Sunday afternoons, the brick and glass vibrate to an infectious rhythm, as an eight-piece orchestra with drums, bongos and congas pumps out praise music with a Latin beat. Four music […]

Bishop Schol asks for relief funds for New Jersey

Editor’s note: Here’s a new message from Bishop John Schol: Dear Friends of the Greater New Jersey Conference of The United Methodist Church, Superintendent Paul Maliel, assistant Nicola Mulligan, my wife Beverly and daughter Kristen met with our clergy in the Cape Atlantic District today (Thursday) and heard the stories of damage to parsonages, church […]

Q&A: Faith, comedy & MMA

By Timothy Dalrymple,… In Here Comes the Boom, comedic actor Kevin James plays a burned-out teacher who rediscovers a purpose in life when he commits to raising money for his school’s music program by entering mixed-martial arts (MMA) fights — and losing. Mr. James, who co-produced the film, is a zealous MMC fan and […]

Artists break ground with Christian hip-hop albums

By Aaron Earls, Baptist Press… NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Christian hip-hop artists TobyMac and Lecrae are turning heads in the music industry and seeking to parlay the success of their latest albums into impact on the culture at large. TobyMac’s latest, Eye On It, became the first Christian album in 15 years, and only the third ever, to […]

Young-adult Oklahoman helps children in Georgia

By Holly McCray, Special Contributor… Her mother recognized Jerrica Becker’s big heart for children when her daughter was a little child. Now a young-adult missionary, Jerrica uses her gift to help neglected children in Cedartown, Ga. Connie Becker recalled shopping trips when Jerrica was small. The child sought out and engaged other children while their […]

Bishop Schol: ‘I see Jesus walking around New Jersey’ as UM churches respond to Sandy

Bishop John Schol, Special Contributor… (editor’s note: This is a message from Bishop Schol to the UMC’s Greater New Jersey Conference, which he oversees) Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Why? Why, I keep asking myself as I drive to meet with people who have lost their homes. Why, I ask myself when I encounter […]