Archives for November 2013

Candler’s Kysar Remembered for Scholarship, Humanity

News Release: Nov. 6,  2013 Kysar Remembered for Scholarship, Humanity Media Contact:  Laurel Hanna The Reverend Dr. Robert “Bob” Kysar, Bandy Professor of Preaching and New Testament Emeritus, died on October 31, 2013, after a prolonged illness. For five years Bob held the Bandy Chair at Candler before retiring in 1999. Bob came to Candler after serving […]

Recently Read: Gay former minister understands Frank Schaefer’s plight

Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist pastor from the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference (EPAC) facing a church trial later in the month for presiding at the marriage of his gay son, is not the first clergy person to defend his actions at EPAC’s Camp Innabah. Almost exactly 9 years ago, the Rev. Irene Elizabeth “Beth” Stroud of […]

Recently Read: How John Wesley Marketed His Small Group Program

Gary Neal Hansen is a Presbyterian blogger (and  Associate Professor of Church History at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary) who has developed an appreciation for John Wesley along the way. Earlier this week he published a post on John Wesley’s “marketing” of his small group program: That is what John Wesley’s small group ministry looks […]

Recently Read: ‘Out of the pulpit, onto the pavement’ published a story a few days ago profiling Annie Allen, the pastor at the Turning Point UMC in Trenton, NJ: “And it’s not because they’re dumb,” Allen said. “They know there’re no jobs out there.” “People are not dumb, but they’re hopeless, and the church is one place that offers hope,” Allen said. via […]

GBCS Winkler to be nominated as NCC General Secretary/President

WASHINGTON. D.C — James E. Winkler, the outgoing General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church (GBCS) and Society, has been named as the nominee to be the new General Secretary/President of the National Council of Churches (NCC). In a press release issued today, it was revealed that Winkler’s nomination will come before the […]

ReImagine: Love as the art of imagination

Our new UMR columnist Leonard Sweet challenges the church to think about the relationship between love and imagination.

Recently Read: The wetlands where church and social ventures meet

Mike Baughman, a frequent contributor here at the United Methodist Reporter, shares thoughts on the church’s impact on social change after visiting the Social Capital Markets Conference in “The Wetlands Where Church and Social Ventures Meet“. ..I found inspiration, hope and God at work beyond the walls of the church. I found fertile ground that […]

Recently Read: How to Turn Around Nearly Anything

Rob Rynders, one of the pastors at City Square Church (a United Methodist church plant)  in Phoenix, AZ shared a link today that is helpful for all of us in the United Methodist Church to consider. Although it comes from a business perspective it recognizes that institutions of all types are faced with turning around […]

Skeptic Pastor: Which Magic Words Get Me Into Heaven?

“Dude, you have to come to this play my church is doing.  Everyone is getting saved there!”  I can still remember the fervor in my friend’s voice as he invited me to go with him after youth group to a play about heaven and hell.  Ok, it was mostly about hell, but heaven was in […]

Recently Read: Broken windows a strike at church’s heart

Leslie Linthicum, columnist for the Albuquerque Journal, published a piece this morning on the recent vandalism of the stained glass windows at the First United Methodist Church of Albuquerque: “Just to have it so targeted, it just feels like somebody’s beating up on your family and you don’t know why,” Linton said. “It’s not like […]