Q&A: Lenten study on Jesus’ miracles

In his new book, The Miracles of Jesus: Meditations and Prayers for Lent (Upper Room Books, 2012), the Rev. Wessel Bentley says the miracles of Jesus, performed 2,000 years ago, can still change hearts and lives today. Mr. Bentley, an ordained minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, is a part-time lecturer in the […]

Ashes to go: Starting Lent outside the four walls

These days, you don’t have to darken the door of a church to experience Ash Wednesday. Following a strategy that’s gathering momentum, United Methodist pastors and lay folk will bring the ashes to the people—to hurried commuters in train stations in Texas, to pedestrians on busy street corners in New York and Chicago, to patrons […]

Generation Wesley – John Wesley Fellows keep founder’s flame alive

John Wesley is long gone, but a fellowship program bearing his name is going strong and helping to keep his approach to theology alive. Since 1977, the John Wesley Fellowship Program has provided grants each year to about 20 United Methodist seminary students as they pursue doctoral degrees. As part of the Fellowship, the students […]

Q&A: Words to recharge men’s spiritual lives

Derek Maul wants to inspire more men to go “all out” for their Christian faith. That’s the topic of his recently published book, 10 Life-Charged Words: Real Faith for Real Men (Upper Room Books, 2012). Mr. Maul worships at First Presbyterian Church in Brandon, Fla., where his wife, Rebekah, is senior pastor. He answered questions […]

UM pastor Adam Hamilton calls on Obama to ‘knock holes in the darkness’

Delivering the sermon at the National Prayer Service for the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 22, the Rev. Adam Hamilton called on President Barack Obama to lead by showing humility, by casting a strong, unifying vision that focuses on helping the “marginalized,” and by persevering in the face of criticism and discouragement.  Mr. Hamilton is senior […]

Adam Hamilton’s sermon at today’s National Prayer Service

This is an edited text that the Rev. Adam Hamilton provided the Reporter of the sermon he preached Jan. 22 at the 2013 inaugural prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral. Mr. Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan.  “Compassion, Vision and Perseverance: Lessons from Moses”  Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, […]

Q&A: Tough love for ‘spiritual but not religious’

So you’re spiritual, but not religious? “Please, stop boring me,” retorts the Rev. Lillian Daniel. Her Huffington Post blog on the topic went viral in 2011, and now she’s published a new book: When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church (Jericho Books, 2013). Ms. Daniel is […]

Crash Course – Alpha courses offer basics of Christian faith

Jim Charlton was serving on the evangelism committee at Wheatland Salem Church in Naperville, Ill., when he first heard of the Alpha course. While the United Methodist congregation advertised, “we really weren’t doing evangelism,” he said. “We were not providing a venue for people to hear the gospel and respond to it.” So Mr. Charlton […]

Q&A: UM college student wins Rhodes

A United Methodist student from a United Methodist-affiliated college is among the 32 students in the U.S. selected for the Rhodes Scholar Class of 2013. Rachel Woodlee, a Wofford College senior from Greer, S.C., learned in November that she had been selected. She and fellow Wofford student Brian Novak McCracken, a senior from Anderson, S.C., […]

Bottle-Cap Christmas Tree graces N.Y. church front

Like most church cookbooks, the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew’s This and That cookbook offers recipes for chicken casseroles and Jell-O salads. But the cookbook also offers the “recipe” for making another of the congregation’s specialties: the Bottle-Cap Christmas Tree. The tree, installed in front of the United Methodist church’s building on New […]