Learning swerve – UMC institutions enter online education world

Online education is rocking the world of higher ed, and that includes many United Methodist-affiliated colleges and universities. The Internet is opening doors to a giant pool of students—while bringing new worlds to students on campus as well. Many institutions, like Texas Wesleyan, now offer online programs where students take courses and earn degrees, often […]

Q&A: By request, Hamilton takes on subject of forgiveness

A survey of church members at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., prompted the Rev. Adam Hamilton to present a sermon series on the topic of forgiveness. That led to a new book, recently published by Abingdon Press, entitled Forgiveness: Finding Peace Though Letting Go.  In it, Mr. Hamilton explores forgiveness in relationships […]

Leap of faith – Texas church invests big in new service, young pastor

PLANO, Texas—The Rev. Arthur Jones was nervous. His church was betting $2.1 million on him. In just a few days St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, a suburb of Dallas, would launch The Well, a contemporary service aiming to reach younger people with Mr. Jones, 28, at the helm. Press releases had gone out. […]

Kids’ stuff – The tricky art of the children’s sermon

If you’ve attended United Methodist churches long enough, you probably recognize this squirm-worthy scene: A pastor seated on the floor, trying to cue the kids to say the darnedest things. Or, it’s a well-intended layperson, slogging through a wordy message. Surrounding the speaker are wriggly children who aren’t paying much attention. It’s the gone-awry version […]