Archives for March 2014

AFTE names 2014 John Wesley Fellows

A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) John Wesley Fellowships have been awarded to five United Methodist doctoral scholars. The John Wesley Fellows program is designed to promote the renewal of theological education by supporting promising United Methodist scholars who are committed to classical Christianity and academic excellence. Scholarships are awarded to United Methodist doctoral students […]

Board approves four GBHEM-initiated proposals for young clergy

A Sunday focused on call and $600,000 to expand Project Transformation were among four proposals approved by the directors of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry during the March meeting in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The proposals are aimed at increasing the number of young clergy in The United Methodist Church.

Press Release: GBPHB announces new investment fund alternative

GBPHB Announces New Investment Fund Alternative For Immediate Release March 31, 2014 Contact: M. Colette Nies, Managing Director, Communications (847) 866-4296 or Glenview, IL—The board of directors of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) announced the creation of a new investment fund—the Equities Social Values Plus Fund (ESVPF)—an alternative for investors who prefer a fund […]

Wesley Bros: The Fantastic Quadrilateral Pt. 1

Click on image to expand to full screen… The infamous Wesleyan Quadrilateral, devised in the 60’s and 70’s by Methodist scholar Albert Outler, it has now became so important to Methodists everywhere that it’s one of the make-it or break-it questions in the ordination process. It has been abused because of the dorky name, and […]

Bishop Sally Dyck Arrested in Protest

During an anti-deportation rally in Chicago on Thursday, March 27th, 40 people were placed under temporary arrest. Among the arrested party were many United Methodists including Bishop Sally Dyck. According to a photo on the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Facebook page almost 50 clergy and laity from the conference participated in […]

Recently Read: Doing and Discipling

Dan Dick, who is the Director of Connectional Ministries at the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church, shares some findings from his prior work as a researcher for the General Board of Discipleship on “clergy effectiveness.” Okay, so my seven measures of clergy effectiveness: How many laity are you training and equipping to preach […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Recovering biblical literacy — my mite in the effort

After fifty-nine years of preaching most Sundays since I was first appointed at age 19, I retired from the pulpit in September, 2013.  Since I have no longer needed to prepare a new weekly sermon, I engaged in the rather ridiculous  project of re-reading and checking six research books and four translations on every word […]

Bishop issues statement on McElvaney case

 Bishop Michael McKee of the North Texas Annual Conference issued a statement earlier today on the situation involving the Rev. Bill McElvaney, a retired member of that conference who recently presided at a same-sex marriage service.  Although the Dallas Morning News reported yesterday that McElvaney had been suspended, McKee stated that no suspension had been initiated, and […]

Recently Read: Dallas pastor suspended after complaint over his officiating at same-sex wedding

From the Dallas Morning News: The Rev. Bill McElvaney announced to the Northaven United Methodist Church that he has been suspended from all clerical responsibilities after a complaint was filed for his performance of a same-sex marriage. McElvaney, who is 85 years old, is the pastor emeritus at Northaven, a former SMU Perkins School of […]

Wesley Bros: ISH-UES

Click on image to expand to full screen… I don’t really believe in “Golden Era’s” of the church when things were so much better than they are now.  The 1950′s, The Great Awakening, The Reformation, The Acts of the Apostles…sure great things happened and God moved in mighty ways, but each era has its own […]