Archives for April 2016

The UMC’s Messy Language About Sexuality: A Rejoinder To Dr. Thomas Frank

by Chris Ritter When I am confronted by posts with which I viscerally disagree I usually only mumble something to myself and move on. This is what I did with a recent post that suggested that the UMC “sold its soul” when it named “making disciples of Jesus Christ” as the mission of the church. […]

Dispatch From The Front Line

  by Rev. Wes Magruder A group of men and women in high-res yellow vests huddle around a fire in a barrel on the beach as the wind picks up off the Aegean Sea. Suddenly, someone shouts and there is a flurry of activity, as people rush to their cars and take off screaming down […]

Registration open for global United Methodist clergywomen gathering

United Methodist clergywomen from around the world will gather in Houston August 29-31 to celebrate 60 years of full clergy rights for women in the Methodist tradition, and 20 years of the full-clergy-membership diaconate for United Methodist deacons.

United Methodists need The United Methodist Reporter

In our time of emails, Facebook, and online news, all print media are in readership decline. Most are in financial straits. Most denominational bookstores, including the Cokesbury stores of The United Methodist Church, are closed or in fiscal jeopardy. Time honored periodicals like Newsweek and The Christian Century cannot exists solely by subscriptions and advertising; they […]

Five Things The United Methodist Church is Doing Right

by Marty Cauley Frustrated with the Negativity! If I read one more well intentioned article about what the church, particularly The United Methodist Church, is doing wrong I think I will scream. Yes, I know we are struggling with years of decline. I know our buildings are old, our polity is complicated, and we are not […]

Witherington responds to Hamilton on the Bible, homosexuality, and the church

Ben Witherington, Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, has has published a rebuttal to Adam Hamilton’s recent blog post on the Bible, homosexuality, and the church. “My concern is with the misinterpretation of the Bible in this post as well as the misrepresentation of Methodist cultural trends at various points…” […]

On Keeping Quiet and Feeling Alone: A personal story for Mental Health Awareness month of May

by Laura Coward A few years ago I met with a new personal trainer at my gym. Without any races coming up, I was having trouble sticking to a workout schedule. At least, that’s what I told him. We spent the first 20 minutes of the meeting laughing about the worst workouts/exercises we’ve paid to […]

Let Us Be Lifelong Learners: An Open Letter to Bishop Goodpaster

“I was there to hear your borning cry, I’ll be there when you are old. I rejoiced the day you were baptized, to see your life unfold.” These words rang through the sanctuary, as the lovely couple made their way down the aisle. Surrounded by family and friends, Jim and John exchanged vows, entering into […]

Adam Hamilton starts new series on the Bible, homosexuality, and the UMC

Adam Hamilton, the pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection  (the largest United Methodist Church in the U.S.) has started a new series on his blog adamhamilton.org titled “The Bible, Homosexuality, and the UMC.” Hamilton is offering the series in preparation for the United Methodist General Conference which begins on May 10 in […]

Divorce and Remarriage in American Methodism: The evolution of church positions from 1884 to 2012

By Dr. Rex D. Matthews I am currently engaged in research project that intends to trace the broad contours of the evolutionary change of American Methodist positions concerning divorce and remarriage and to set the story of that change in the larger context of changing attitudes toward divorce and remarriage in American culture and society. […]

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