Faith in Action: Is doctrine making a comeback in Methodism?

For a long time, the term “doctrine” has been perceived negatively in many United Methodist circles. It can seem to some people like one of those heavy-handed words, used by one group to coerce another. The verb “to indoctrinate” certainly carries this connotation—almost akin to a process of brainwashing where people are brought into a […]

Faith in Action: Discovering the purpose and potential of confirmation

I spoke with a pastor not long ago who told me a shocking story about confirmation. He had arrived at a new appointment one June and discovered that—in his words—“all the children from second grade and up were already confirmed.” If you are familiar at all with the practice of confirmation, that statement will strike […]

Faith in Action: Wesleyan message losing out, but it need not be so

Recently there has been a lot of talk in social media about the “visibility” of the Wesleyan message in the larger culture.

Methodists can generally expect to be heard by other Methodists. But are they being heard “out there” in the wider world? Is their message reaching the unchurched, especially?

Commentary: Sundance – Imagining the world as it ought to be

It’s been said that Hollywood films comfort the afflicted while Sundance films afflict the comfortable. Film offers a vicarious entry to the world the way it is, and the films I saw at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival left me longing for a different world—the world the way it ought to be. It ought to […]

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