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UM Men plan national gathering this summer

By J. Richard Peck, Special Contributor JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—United Methodist leaders expect 4,000 men to attend the 11th national gathering of United Methodist Men, this summer in Nashville. Meeting Jan. 7 in Jacksonville, the 22-member committee set final plans for the July 12-14 quadrennial meeting at Belmont University. Speakers for the gathering include Don Davis, former […]

History of Hymns: Discipleship hymn comes from Filipino folk song

Developing Christian hymns in non-Western cultures requires a variety of techniques. One of those techniques is to take an existing melody, often a folk song, and pair it with a Christian text. Such is the case with “Dear Lord, lead me day by day.”

United Methodists join in Staten Island relief efforts

By Arthur McClanahan and Linda Bloom, United Methodist News Service… STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.—When John Stonick wants to show how high the floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy were as they swept down the street of his New Dorp Beach neighborhood on Staten Island, he raises his hands far above his head. Mr. Stonick, who estimates he has […]

S.C. county to rebuild historic Methodist site

By Jessica Connor, Special Contributor… PICKENS, S.C.—A lodge thought to be the place where Francis Asbury preached, found shelter and helped establish Methodism in northwestern South Carolina is going to be rebuilt and restored at the Hagood Mill historic site. The 18th-century two-story log cabin known as the Burdine Lodge was donated last year to […]

Barna poll: Virtual vices indicate shift in morality

The seven deadly sins have new partners in crime. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride still attract a lot of attention. But as the Internet and other media invade American life, our vices have increasingly gone virtual, according to a new study. Nearly half of Americans say they are tempted to idle the […]

History of Hymns: Gospel song urges Christ to ‘Stand By Me’ during trials

One of the most famous of his many gospel songs is “Stand By Me,” for which he composed both the words and the music. It was included in a collection of hymns that he published in 1905, New Songs of Paradise, No. 6.

Small church offers big health ministries

By Kara Witherow, Special Contributor… Scripture recounts dozens of ways that Jesus met people’s needs. He fed more than 5,000 men, women and children on the Sea of Galilee’s shore. He restored blind Bartimaeus’ sight. He healed the invalid at Bethesda. And he ministered to the woman caught in adultery. Through meeting their physical and […]

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 […]

Commentary: Inspiring hope – Top picks in 2012 pop culture

By Greg Garrett, Special Contributor… From the comeback of a beloved quarterback to the completion of a beloved movie trilogy, here are my top picks for some of the most hopeful and uplifting stories of the year. The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan is, without doubt, the great popular filmmaker of our age. In blockbusters […]

History of Hymns: Hymn celebrates both physical, mental healing

“O Christ, the Healer” Fred Pratt Green UM Hymnal, No. 265 O Christ, the healer, we have come to pray for health, to plead for friends. How can we fail to be restored when reached by love that never ends? * United Methodist Bishop Joel Martinez once said, “Each generation must add its stanza to […]