Archives for May 2013

Film Review: Place Beyond the Pines survives a few missteps

The Place Beyond the Pines tells a story in three “acts,” that may or may not be inspired by the Old Testament theme of children suffering “for the iniquity of [their] parents” (Exodus 20:5). Either way, it makes for a compelling if oddly structured drama.

RVers work for parking at UM camps in Florida

By Susan Green, Special Contributor… FRUITLAND PARK—Keeping the peace can be hard, even labor-intensive. The pastoral settings of the camps and retreat centers operated by the Florida Conference might look natural, but they don’t stay that way without human intervention. They require groundskeeping, housekeeping and structural maintenance. All that upkeep can run up quite a […]

Move triggers gratitude to God for ‘ordinary days’

By Heath Bradley, Special Contributor… Andrea and I have lived in eight different places over our 13 years together. We are used to moving. That doesn’t really make it any easier. I guess each move gets a little harder. More things to accumulate and more emotional attachments to more things. I’ve accumulated nearly 2,000 books […]

Christian resurrection-deniers are wearisome bunch

By Stephen Rankin, Special Contributor… Lots of good possibilities exist for serious give-and-take between believers and non-believers. I love talking to honest skeptics. But there’s one group I admit I’ve grown weary of: Christian resurrection-deniers. Not resurrection deniers in general, but those who claim to follow Jesus, who blithely assert that thinking people simply cannot […]

History of Hymns: ‘Softly and Tenderly’ famed as invitation song

The genius of a gospel song is usually found in the refrain and this one is no exception. The refrain extends the invitation to “come home” four times in the melody, and an additional two times in the accompanying lower voices.

Wesleyan Wisdom: Continuing to mine the Aldersgate experience

On May 24, 1738, John Wesley experienced what became a key moment in Methodism, when he felt his “heart strangely warmed” during a prayer meeting on Aldersgate Street in London. Sadly most interpreters have found in Aldersgate evidence to document and justify whatever theological premise they bring to their studies. Wesley was not so precise […]