Archives for July 2013

Wesleyan Wisdom:Contextual changes that effect conversions

Almost no one comes to faith literally alone.  The nature of conversion is ordinarily formed within a religious matrix. Most converts to any religious faith come through the influence of  a social network—family, extended family, friends, church, college or military para-church group, lunch colleagues, Bible study group, a cultural movement, etc. etc.  Our religious beliefs […]

United Theological Seminary announces new faculty

DAYTON, OH – Dr. Scott Kisker joined United Theological Seminary’s faculty on July 1, and Dr. Joni Sancken will start in January 2014. Dr. Kisker, who joins as Professor of the History of Christianity, comes to United from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Dr. Kisker is an elder in the Iowa Annual Conference, and he […]

The United Methodist Church And Its Failure On Race

by Aaron Gray Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church Denver I am an African American male serving a predominately Anglo congregation and sharing our facility with an Hispanic fellowship in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Wheat Ridge is a small community of 30,000, which is in transition and trying to find its identity. The Town of Wheat Ridge […]

Why am I a part-time local pastor

by Teddy Ray* I’ve been surprised by the number of messages I’ve received from people asking why I’m a local pastor — and why part-time. They want to know why I’m not pursuing ordination as an elder in the United Methodist Church; or if not an elder, why wouldn’t I be ordained as a deacon. […]

Editors picks for 7/15/2013

In case you haven’t figured out, we are still pretty much a one man shop, so bear with us when we don’t get these out each day. Here are some interesting things that we’ve read today: Good News Leader Urges Grassroots Evangelical United Methodists to Step Up to the Plate John Lomperis of the IRD […]

Beloved Candler professor dies

Dr. John H. Hayes, professor emeritus at the United Methodist related Candler School of Theology at Emory University, passed away on July 11, 2013. Hayes was 79 at the time of his death from a stroke. A distinguished, internationally recognized scholar of the Old Testament whose loves included travel and taking care of his Alabama […]

Diverse group already planning UMC’s national YOUTH 2015 event

NASHVILLE, Tenn —  A diverse design team of United Methodist youth and adults from around the United States is already at work planning YOUTH 2015, the upcoming edition of the uniquely Methodist youth event formed to enhance the spiritual lives of participants and their local congregations. The quadrennial national event for United Methodist youth and […]

Mental health: Clergy job often equals stress

A UMNS Report by Kathy Gilbert* Answering God’s call shouldn’t be bad for your health. But for about half of all ordained United Methodist clergy, it is. Close to 50 percent of United Methodist clergy who answered a survey conducted by the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits said their jobs stressed them out. Five […]

Wesley Wisdom: One man’s story

For the past several weeks I have been writing about the need to regain both the language and understanding of conversion in our life together as United Methodists. Last time, I shared my belief that conversion happens within a specific context, and shared that I wanted to share MY story with you, so that you […]

What does Obamacare mean for churches?

NASHVILLE, Tenn — The U.S. health care legislation, commonly called Obamacare, likely will affect church finances and church employee health benefits for years to come. But, a year after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, U.S. annual (regional) conferences still are grappling with how best to make use of the reforms. […]