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Christians at a Crossroads

by David Watson Christians in the United States currently stand at a moral crossroads. We face serious decisions regarding refugees from predominantly Muslim countries. The sheer volume of posts on this topic in social media underscores the weightiness of the issues we face. As people of faith, we must decide how we wish to respond […]

3 Secret Reasons to be Grateful, Even Wen You’re Not

by Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter True confessions:  I’m a recovering worrier.  I can worry at the drop of a hat.  I do some of my best work in the middle of the night.  When a problem gets resolved, my mind naturally searches for the next thing that could possibly go wrong so that I can get […]

The Kingdom of Heaven is (Still) at Hand

by Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter Yes, Donald Trump won the presidential election. No, not everyone is happy about that. Clinton won the popular vote while Trump won the electoral vote. Plenty of people are having to adjust their ideas of the next four years. Like many people I was surprised, even discouraged, at the election results. My […]

What’s NEXT?

by Jeff Greenway As a person who was baptized, saved, discipled, called, married and ordained under the ministry of The United Methodist Church, the events of the last couple of years have given me pause to wonder “What’s NEXT?” for our denominational Connection. The years leading up to the 2016 General Conference were marked with the usual […]

Living in the tension of an ever widening circle.

“You are apostate.” “You have caused division.” “You have begun schism.” “I wish hell for you”. “You have broken my church.” “You have voted to Secede.” “You are in open rebellion.” “You are the spouse that has broken the marriage vows and will not stop.” These are just a few things that clergy “friends” of […]

The Wesleyan Covenant Association: A Few Reflections

The Wesleyan Covenant Association has become a source of controversy among some in our denomination. Only in times such as these could a group that affirms all of the central teachings of United Methodism, is led primarily by pastors who have kept their ordination vows and pay their apportionments, and has publicly disavowed the intention […]

How to Love ISIS

by Brian Snyder Depending on your political persuasion, it is the common thinking that the Islamic State was born out of some combination of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war, and weak U.S. leadership in the region. But ISIS was around long before the Iraq war, before the founding […]

Commentary: Going back to the graveside

by Steve West* The United Methodist Church I love so dearly is navigating rough waters. Recently, our Western Jurisdiction (comprising the churches of 12 western states) stepped out in nonconformity against denominational rules on ordination, marriage, and sexuality. Naturally, some consider this a courageous act of progress, while others consider it a major violation of […]

Aley UMC, North Texas Annual Conference, opens its doors to same-gender weddings

by Christy Thomas When Rev. Eston Williams’ millennial daughters told him they did not want to be a part of an excluding church, he felt the time had come for him to make a public stand, one fully consistent with his theology and his understanding of the nature of God. He knew the cost. Williams […]

Recently Read: Four Compelling Reasons Conservative and Progressive United Methodists Have to Stay Together

by Rev. Dr. James C. Howell Voices are clamoring for a split in the United Methodist Church, with an increasing urgency given many recent events, most notably an episcopal election in the West. I was myself a candidate for bishop and was not elected – and I am writing this blog to expand upon something […]

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