Archives for July 2015

Gathering to look at future of worship in United Methodist Church

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 20, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – United Methodist pastors, musicians and worship leaders will meet in February to explore how to use the wide variety of worship styles and resources currently available to revitalize their worship services now and for the future. Fusion: The Future of Worship in the UMC, scheduled for […]

We the People (COMMENTARY)

It has been quite a summer for human rights and human dignity. A very brutal summer, and a summer of hope. The Supreme Court has changed the way we talk about equality in America. A lost and murderous young man has broken our hearts in a Charleston Church. And that flag. It has been a […]

Recently Viewed: Slaughter and Hamilton unpack civil religion

Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, OH has recently published a couple of interviews between their Sr. Pastor, Mike Slaughter, and Adam Hamilton, Sr. Pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. One of the topics they address is the prevalence of civil religion in American society, and how that can be […]

Renfroe: The Titanic sails at midnight

The authors of these two proposals see them as attempts to create a compromise that will allow United Methodists to navigate our differences regarding marriage and sexuality and keep the denomination together. Unfortunately, both plans are terribly ill-conceived and will result in the opposite of what their authors intended.

GBCS leader responds to church burnings

The Reverend Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society, released a statement today calling for “Christians who claim a Methodist heritage” to demonstrate love and support for African American churches which have been the victims of arson over the past several weeks. “The burning of many black churches in recent […]

Christy Thomas — Get Over it, Christian Pastors: You are NOT Being Persecuted

The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads this way: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a […]

Another response to Bishop Brown’s statement

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. in his response to the Same-Sex Marriage decision of the Supreme Court, reminds us; “The heart of our call of to ministry is to be pastor to the people of the congregation, and the community we serve.” Now that the Supreme Court has declared that Same-Sex marriage is valid in the 50 states […]