Archives for December 2014

A Real Debate Over Virtual Presence:  #OnlineCommunion in Historical Perspective

One of the most fascinating aspects of John Wesley and the movement he and his friends started was that it was delightfully eclectic.  As Paul Chilcote has noted, Wesley was a “conjunctive” theologian; he held things together that other Christians tended to pull apart.  For instance, the sacramental and evangelical strands of the Wesleyan revival […]

Recently Read: United Methodist Worship at Buffalo Wild Wings

The people at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover, Alabama are about to venture out of their church building to reach the unchurched in a fairly unusual setting, a Buffalo Wild Wings. Buffalo Wild Wings is a sports themed restaurant and bar that has locations 41 states. According the AL.com “Beer, hot wings, and Jesus? Hoover […]

Women of Color Scholars celebrate 25 years

Sixty-five gathered in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the United Methodist Women of Color Scholars scholarship and mentoring program, the only denominationally sponsored program of its kind, November 21, 2014, in San Diego, California.

Steadier footing: an examination of our stance on inclusive faith and practice

To understand Scripture we must plant one foot firmly in the world of the Bible and the other foot firmly in our world–two worlds that often are very different.

Student veterans find community in Bible study

“You try to reintegrate, but you have people asking you about military service a lot, so you’re forced to revisit it; sometimes that is something you want to do, and sometimes it’s not.”

$2.5 Million Gift to Endow New Practical Theology Chair at Perkins

“Perkins School of Theology and the University’s Methodist heritage are fundamental to our educational mission,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are grateful for a gift that uniquely supports the Perkins School in its commitment to preparing men and women for contemporary ministry.”

The Social Principles Today and Tomorrow

The United Methodist Social Principles are entering a new era. Many hard-working church leaders are hosting a global conversation about these principles. How should they be re-framed and re-configured for the future?

Book review: “Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry” by Jeremy Steele

Its exploration of Wesleyan history and living isn’t intimidating to a newcomer nor is it too understated for one well-versed in Wesleyan thought and practice.

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