Archives for January 2013

Celebrating Lon Morris College: a sermon on Isaiah 51: 1-3

Editor’s Note: The Rev. Ted Campbell preached this sermon Saturday, Jan. 26, at the “final homecoming” for UM-affiliated Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas. The venerable two year school filed for bankruptcy last summer after years of deficits, and recently saw its campus auctioned off. Morris, Morris, dear Lon Morris, Surely thou wilt be ever worthy […]

Commentary: Holy habits are good for people—and churches

By Laurie Haller, Special Contributor… Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? How are they working for you so far? New Year’s resolutions are nothing more than promises to ourselves to develop new habits. The most popular ones in the U.S. remain remarkably consistent year after year: lose weight, exercise, eat healthy food, drink less […]

Commentary: Two conversations that helped renew my hope

By Richard Hearne, Special Contributor… As a member of the North Texas Conference delegation to the last three General Conference sessions and an annual conference lay leader from 2008-2012, I have had the opportunity to attend multiple meetings discussing the decline of the United Methodist Church. The most dramatic talks centered on the prediction of […]

Alabama church seeks healing after shooting

GARDENDALE, Ala.—Though many feel lost in a terrible sea, members of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church were reminded on Jan. 13 that Jesus Christ is in the boat with them. Just days after their pastor, the Rev. Terry Greer, was accused of shooting and killing his wife and wounding his daughter, worshippers came through the […]

SMU chaplain: The United Methodist Church is imploding

By Stephen W. Rankin, Special Contributor… I just finished teaching in the certification class at Perkins School of Youth Ministry. To the whole group last Monday and to the class members throughout the week, I said several hard things about the future. One of the hard things I said was, “The United Methodist Church is imploding.”  Two […]

Learning from Adam Hamilton’s homily at National Cathedral

By Ben Gosden, Special Contributor… Like many proud United Methodists I watched the Rev. Adam Hamilton give the homily at the National Prayer Service this past Tuesday. The service was in the historic National Cathedral and celebrated our religious diversity in America. To have a United Methodist pastor give the sermon for such an event […]

Generation Wesley – John Wesley Fellows keep founder’s flame alive

John Wesley is long gone, but a fellowship program bearing his name is going strong and helping to keep his approach to theology alive. Since 1977, the John Wesley Fellowship Program has provided grants each year to about 20 United Methodist seminary students as they pursue doctoral degrees. As part of the Fellowship, the students […]

Q&A: Words to recharge men’s spiritual lives

Derek Maul wants to inspire more men to go “all out” for their Christian faith. That’s the topic of his recently published book, 10 Life-Charged Words: Real Faith for Real Men (Upper Room Books, 2012). Mr. Maul worships at First Presbyterian Church in Brandon, Fla., where his wife, Rebekah, is senior pastor. He answered questions […]

Commentary: Inspiring hope – Top picks in 2012 pop culture

By Greg Garrett, Special Contributor… From the comeback of a beloved quarterback to the completion of a beloved movie trilogy, here are my top picks for some of the most hopeful and uplifting stories of the year. The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan is, without doubt, the great popular filmmaker of our age. In blockbusters […]

Caregivers need care after traumatic events

By Kathy L. Gilbert and Vicki Brown, United Methodist News Service… NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The world can break your heart on the most ordinary day of your life. It happened to the Rev. Gregory S. Clapper on a hot July day in 1989 as he was driving his family to a mall in Sioux City, Iowa, to […]