Archives for November 2013

Recently Read: Jim Harnish on “Why I am a Methodist”|

Our friends over at Seedbed have been pumping out some great articles on their blog, Wesleyan Accent. Earlier this week they published a great post by Jim Harnish titled “Why I’m Methodist”: Methodists don’t believe in “an utterly sovereign and micromanaging deity … who orchestrates absolutely everything.” We don’t believe that “God has a reason […]

Recently Read: Bishop Clymer remembered as wise, compassionate leader

Bishop Wayne K. Clymer died this past Monday (11/25/2013) at the age of 96. Christa Meland, Director of Communications for the Minnesota Annual Conference has the story: “Over the years, his primary concern was not so much organization or institution, but compassion for people,” said Hagmann, who was also one of Clymer’s longtime friends. “His […]

Recently Read: Reasons I Stay in the UMC

One of the regular refrains heard in the comment streams on this site and on Facebook is that if “those persons” (who are advocating for change in the United Methodist Book of Discipline regarding the church’s relationship with GLBTQ persons) can’t abide by the discipline of the church, they should leave. After all, these commenters suggest, […]

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever….

While the United Methodist Church is now global, those of us in the United States are gathering today with family and friends for the tradition we call Thanksgiving. The origins of the holiday are both well-known and full of myth and legend, but regardless, it represents a day of thanks for God’s provision in our […]

Life on Both Sides

A federal judge ruled that the Internal Revenue Service provisions that allow clergy to avoid taxes on housing allowances is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled on Nov. 22 that Section 107(2) of the tax code violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution . She said the section […]

A Letter to the Council of Bishops — Anthony Ormsbee

By grace you have been saved through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) The King will reply, truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40) Dear Council of Bishops: Greetings to you in the name of the risen Christ! May you […]

A Letter to the Council of Bishops — Miranda Lupion

Dear Council of Bishops: I grew up on Long Island, an area where most people aren’t Methodist. Most of my classmates in elementary and middle school were Catholic and had never even heard of Methodism. Around the time I turned eight, they all made their first communions. As one of three students in my grade […]

Judge rules housing allowance unconstitutional. GCFA responds.

A federal judge ruled last week that the Internal Revenue Service provisions that allow clergy to avoid taxes on housing allowances is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled on November 22, 2013 that Section 107(2) of the tax code violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (“Congress shall make […]

The Wesley Bros: John doesn’t get it

Click on the image to expand: Have you ever had a pastor or a professor straight out of school, who only knows how to communicate to other academic people?  Supremely annoying. BTW.  Pretty sure I made up the term ‘therapeutic soteriology,’ but it’s pretty spot on.  John Wesley saw Christ’s work on the cross as […]

UMPH building deal falls through

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Terra Verde Group, LLC, has decided not to proceed with development of the United Methodist Publishing property located at and around Eighth Avenue South and Demonbreun Street in Nashville, TN, citing concerns about developing in an interest rate sensitive environment. “We were and are very excited about the prospects for that property – […]

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