Archives for January 2013

History of Hymns: Hymn celebrates both physical, mental healing

“O Christ, the Healer” Fred Pratt Green UM Hymnal, No. 265 O Christ, the healer, we have come to pray for health, to plead for friends. How can we fail to be restored when reached by love that never ends? * United Methodist Bishop Joel Martinez once said, “Each generation must add its stanza to […]

SMU Professor: Adam Hamilton brought Wesleyan message to national stage

By Maria Dixon Hall, Special Contributor… Editor’s note: The Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, delivered the sermon at the Jan. 22 National Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral, a post-inaugural event attended by President Obama and Vice President Biden and their spouses.  Maria Dixon Hall, associate professor of organizational communication in […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Bad news can be good, if it stirs faithful courage

Something about a recent editorial by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye. To me, it suggested a parallel between the state of the Republican Party and the state of our denomination. Ms. Noonan began: “Viewed a certain way, the 2012 election can be seen as a gift to Republicans wrapped in […]

Commentary: God has never been a stranger in our public schools

By Adam Hamilton, Special Contributor… One reaction to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been a call to “put God back in the schools.” I even heard one person suggest that the violence that happened in the school was because “we took God out of public schools.” As a pastor, I have a […]

UM pastor Adam Hamilton calls on Obama to ‘knock holes in the darkness’

Delivering the sermon at the National Prayer Service for the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 22, the Rev. Adam Hamilton called on President Barack Obama to lead by showing humility, by casting a strong, unifying vision that focuses on helping the “marginalized,” and by persevering in the face of criticism and discouragement.  Mr. Hamilton is senior […]

Adam Hamilton’s sermon at today’s National Prayer Service

This is an edited text that the Rev. Adam Hamilton provided the Reporter of the sermon he preached Jan. 22 at the 2013 inaugural prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral. Mr. Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan.  “Compassion, Vision and Perseverance: Lessons from Moses”  Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, […]

Mission awareness leads to after-school program

In a small building tucked away on a side street in Forrest City, Ark., Kynette United Methodist Church gathers each week. With an average worship attendance of 15 to 20 people, it certainly fits the definition of “small church.” But its size won’t stop it from reaching out into its mission field in a new […]

UM chaplain to serve Appalachian Trail

By Annette Spence, Special Contributor… For the past 10 springs, three tiny churches offered free home-cooked breakfasts and other friendly services to Appalachian Trail “thru hikers” passing their portion of Southwest Virginia. This year, the ministry moves out on the legendary trail with the introduction of a roving United Methodist chaplain. Josh Lindamood, a 26-year-old […]

The challenge of MLK Day

By Bishop Joseph E. Pennell, Jr., Special Contributor… I was a pastor in Memphis, Tenn., when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. The morning after he was gunned down I marched with a group of clergy and laity to the office of Mayor Henry Loeb with the hope that he would use his influence to honor […]

Commentary: Fifty years on, the Dream is becoming the new reality

Editor’s note: Bishop White, the first chief executive of the General Commission on Religion and Race, writes a “birthday letter” each year to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about the progress of racial equality in the U.S. Dear Martin: I write this year as we will observe the 50th anniversary of your “I Have […]