United Methodist Church to Close After Dismissing Gay Choir Director

First United Methodist Church in Alexandria Indiana will close its doors at the end of 2014.

First United Methodist Church in Alexandria Indiana will be closing its doors at the end of 2014. The closure is due in part to the loss of 80% of the congregation after the dismissal of the choir director, Adam Fraley, an openly gay man. From the Herald Bulletin “Alexandria Church to Close at Year’s End” […]

Social-justice agency applauds President Obama’s intention to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church applauds President Barack Obama’s instructions to Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately begin discussions with Cuba with the intent of re-establishing diplomatic relations, including re-opening an embassy in Havana. Our Methodist, ecumenical partners, and CIEMAL (Council of Evangelical […]

300 years after his birth, Whitefield has staying power with evangelicals

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“A major part of his success is that he mastered the new media of his day,” said Thomas S. Kidd, author of the new book “George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father.”

A Real Debate Over Virtual Presence:  #OnlineCommunion in Historical Perspective

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One of the most fascinating aspects of John Wesley and the movement he and his friends started was that it was delightfully eclectic.  As Paul Chilcote has noted, Wesley was a “conjunctive” theologian; he held things together that other Christians tended to pull apart.  For instance, the sacramental and evangelical strands of the Wesleyan revival […]

Recently Read: United Methodist Worship at Buffalo Wild Wings

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The people at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover, Alabama are about to venture out of their church building to reach the unchurched in a fairly unusual setting, a Buffalo Wild Wings. Buffalo Wild Wings is a sports themed restaurant and bar that has locations 41 states. According the AL.com “Beer, hot wings, and Jesus? Hoover […]

Student veterans find community in Bible study


“You try to reintegrate, but you have people asking you about military service a lot, so you’re forced to revisit it; sometimes that is something you want to do, and sometimes it’s not.”

$2.5 Million Gift to Endow New Practical Theology Chair at Perkins

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“Perkins School of Theology and the University’s Methodist heritage are fundamental to our educational mission,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are grateful for a gift that uniquely supports the Perkins School in its commitment to preparing men and women for contemporary ministry.”

Scott Brewer named associate general secretary for Administration and Operations


General Board of Higher Education and Ministry General Secretary Kim Cape has announced that Scott Brewer has accepted the position of associate general secretary for Administration and Operations. He begins employment on January 5, 2015.

Ferguson pastors urge peace after grand jury doesn’t indict


On Monday afternoon, Interfaith Partnership, which represents 24 faith traditions in the St. Louis region, issued a statement calling for peace and understanding.

Practicing biblical obedience in a racist nation


“We practice Biblical Obedience in the prejudiced church and we practice Biblical Obedience in the racist nation,” said Berryman. “While moments like these feel like Good Friday, we live with the Christian hope that redemption and resurrection are on the horizon.”