Archives for February 2013

S.C. county to rebuild historic Methodist site

By Jessica Connor, Special Contributor… PICKENS, S.C.—A lodge thought to be the place where Francis Asbury preached, found shelter and helped establish Methodism in northwestern South Carolina is going to be rebuilt and restored at the Hagood Mill historic site. The 18th-century two-story log cabin known as the Burdine Lodge was donated last year to […]

Commentary: Witnessing for Christ amid growing diversity

By Stephen Rankin, Special Contributor… You may have read or heard that the 113th Congress just installed its first Hindu member of the House, its first Buddhist senator (who admits that she doesn’t currently “practice”) and its first “none” (no religious affiliation of any sort), who is also the first openly bisexual member of Congress. […]

Film Review: Pi offers visual beauty—and theological confusion

By Ben Witherington III, Special Contributor… Life of Pi Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril Films involving India and Indians have been all the rage of late, since at least Slumdog Millionaire. In the Oscar-nominated Life of Pi, we have another such film, which has a profoundly […]

Roger Drake named president of Central Methodist University

     Roger Drake will be the next president of Central Methodist University, taking office July 1, said Glenn Cox, chair of the CMU Board of Trustees and of the Presidential Search Committee.      His appointment came Friday, Feb. 1, at a trustee board meeting of the Fayetteville, Mo., school.      Drake will replace Marianne Inman, […]

Q&A: UM Bishop Willimon takes on the church, through a novel

After writing dozens of books, retired UM Bishop Will Willimon decided to try his hand at a new genre: fiction. A lover of novels, Willimon said that works of fiction are uniquely capable of expressing truth. “I think that fiction gets at truth in very special ways,” he said. “There’s a complexity that fiction deals […]

Film Review: Much-touted docudrama gives us room for debate

Audience reactions to Zero Dark Thirty, the Academy Award-nominated drama about the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden, have ranged across the spectrum. Some viewers find it extremely suspenseful—especially in the last half hour—while others compare its slower moments to watching paint dry.

Auction completed for Lon Morris College

The auction of Lon Morris College property ended with a local school district and office supply company as major purchasers, the firm handling the auction said. Lon Morris, a two-year, UMC-affiliated college in Jacksonville, Texas that has been a gateway to higher education for generations of East Texas Methodist pastors, filed for bankruptcy last summer […]