Archives for April 2014

Relief efforts continue in Arkansas

Amy Forbus, editor of the Arkansas United Methodist, reports on relief efforts in Vilonia, Arkansas: In the midst of a town torn apart April 27 by a deadly tornado, Vilonia United Methodist Church is no different from many of its neighbors. Things are looking rough. But fellow United Methodists certified in disaster response by the […]

Judicial Council rules on sexuality related issues

The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church has released its rulings on the April docket, which included two opinions on issues related to same-sex marriage and one regarding a bishop’s decision on the continuation of the candidacy of a lesbian. Click here to read the full United Methodist News Service report. Click here to read […]

Recently Read: Six ways that capitalism fails the church

Morgan Guyton unpacks a blog conversation on whether capitalism has failed the church: It’s possible to navigate the free market system without worshiping the market. The problem is that passive participants in the capitalist market do end up making it their god insofar as they allow the market to determine the value of the created […]

Boy Scouts shut down UMC based scout troop led by a gay man

Breaking news from The Boy Scouts organization has told a Seattle-area church that it can no longer host a troop because the church has vowed to keep a gay man on as troop leader. The Boy Scouts of America said Sunday that it was contacting leaders and parents of the children in Troop 98 […]

Wesley Bros: The Fantastic Quadrilateral Part 5

Click picture to display in full screen mode I really love William Joseph Seymour, and he only made a guest appearance once before in the strip. I love him because he took the holiness of Wesleyan teaching and really reconnected it to a passionate religion of the heart.  In a time when the revivalism and […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: It’s time to make a change in appointment making

For United Methodists throughout the connection it’s appointment time again.  The time honored method empowers bishops and cabinets the sole authority to deploy pastors with only an advisory role from the pastors and congregations. Bishop Jack Tuell, speaking for the Council of Bishops in the 1988 Episcopal Address said “we are going to redeem and renew the […]

Aging Well: The need for respite care

While scanning radio stations recently, I landed on a program that quickly caught my attention. A minister was talking about what it means to be a good steward of time. It got me to thinking specifically about how we choose to spend our second-half years when time is likely more plentiful than in our younger […]

Take 2: Son of God

Speaking for their film “Son of God,” producers Roma Downy and Mark Burnett spoke about their desire to update the epic Biblical films of the 1950’s and 60’s to better fit with today’s audiences. With greater technological tools at their disposal, “Son of God” is sharper and crisper than the epic narratives of 50 years […]

Press Release: Registration for UTS Life the Fire! Conference

UNITED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY News Release 4501 Denlinger Road • Dayton, OH  45426 Contact: JoAnn Wagner 937.529.2201 • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE:  April 14, 2014  Registration Deadline Approaching for Light the Fire! 2014 Conference DAYTON, OH – May 5 is the deadline to register for United Theological Seminary’s 4th Annual Church Renewal Conference, Light the Fire! 2014: The Fullness of […]

Recently Read: Hamilton takes on conservative biblical interpretations on same-sex relationships

Adam Hamilton is well known throughout the United Methodist Church as the very successful pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, the largest UMC in the United States. He’s recently been generating some buzz with his new book Making Sense of the Bible, in which he articulates a moderate approach to […]