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Q&A: John Wesley says, ‘Take care of yourself’

A focus on health and wellness was essential to the ministry of Methodism’s founder John Wesley, says the Rev. Randy Maddox, a noted Wesley scholar. He believes the emphasis on integrating the physical and the spiritual is just one of many lessons that Wesley’s writings and thinking on health offer the church today. Dr. Maddox, […]

Q&A: Gospel artist writes about The Whitney I Knew

In his new book, The Whitney I Knew (Worthy Publishing), gospel artist BeBe Winans describes his 28-year friendship with singer Whitney Houston. Mr. Winans, 49, and his sister CeCe performed with Houston and sang at her funeral in February. His older brother, Marvin, gave the eulogy for the service at New Hope Baptist Church in […]

Q&A: Building a fan base for faith-based pop culture

This summer Grace Hill Media—an L.A.-based marketing firm that promotes faith-based movies and television shows to Christian audiences—launched a new phase in its efforts. The “As1” campaign (www.as1.org) seeks to build online support for projects like the new American Bible Challenge game show and an upcoming big-screen Noah epic with Russell Crowe. In the process, […]

Q&A: Churches should connect with their cities

Andy Crouch is the author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (Intervarsity Press), and special assistant to the president at Christianity Today, where he is also executive producer of This Is Our City (www.christianitytoday.com/thisisourcity/), a multi-year project featuring documentary video, reporting and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities. For 10 years […]

Q&A: Faith and politics in history of Kansas

Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America’s Heartland (Princeton University Press) is the latest book by Robert Wuthnow, director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. A prolific scholar, Dr. Wuthnow has written extensively on religion, culture and civil society. His research interests span the gamut from global Christianity to […]

Q&A: A true-life tragicomedy

The First United Methodist Church of Carthage, Texas plays a big role in the movie Bernie, slated for DVD release on Aug. 21. Skip Hollandsworth, who attends Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, co-wrote the screenplay, based on a true story he wrote for Texas Monthly magazine in 1998. Mr. Hollandsworth spoke by phone […]

Q&A: Blogger has mission to expose ‘Bad Vestments’

What do you do say about a pastor who wears a feather boa as a stole? You can pray that the pastor isn’t United Methodist. Or, if you’re Christopher S. Johnson, you’ll post a photo on your blog, “Bad Vestments” (http://badvestments.blogspot.com). Mr. Johnson, who is also the Webster Groves, Mo.-based editor of the Midwest Conservative […]

Q&A: The church’s role in restoring creation

Fred Bahnson is co-author of Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation (InterVarsity Press, 2012). In 2005 Mr. Bahnson co-founded Anathoth Community Garden, a ministry of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church in Cedar Grove, N.C., which he directed until 2009. He now speaks and writes full time about the intersection of […]

Q&A: Doing good, being holy

The Rev. Christopher Momany is chaplain of United Methodist-related Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., and an ordained United Methodist minister who served as pastor of several churches in New Jersey and western Michigan. His book, Doing Good: A Grace-Filled Approach to Holiness (Abingdon Press, 2011) explores the Wesleyan ethic of holy love.  He answered questions […]

Q&A: ‘Spiritual but not religious’: What does that mean?

A growing number of people describe themselves now as “spiritual but not religious.” Linda Mercadante, professor of theology at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, spent years researching the beliefs of “SBNRs,” and now she’s on a mission to help churches to better engage them. Dr. Mercadante spoke by phone with staff writer Mary Jacobs; here […]