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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

One Church, One Organization, or Neither?

by David Watson  Things are moving quickly in the UMC. The latest development, of course, is the consecration of an openly gay and married bishop, Rev. Karen Oliveto. According to a story published by the United Methodist News Service, Bishop Grant Hagiya commented on Rev. Oliveto’s election, stating, “We understand there may be some political […]

When Commentary Fails

by David Watson   This article was due two weeks ago. I’m not usually late with writing deadlines, but after General Conference, I really didn’t know what to say. Like many people, I had conflicting emotions. I needed time to process.   After two weeks of reflection, I was ready to write. But then forty-nine […]

Momany: The real battle

In The most intense battles we ever fight are the ones within our hearts. We may try to avoid language of conflict, but confrontation is real – perhaps most real in our own person. What values will animate our hearts, our minds, and our actions? During this time of conflict within many church organizations (not […]

Wesley Bros: Every General Conference ever…

I usually am a happier human and Christian when I ignore politics…both American and Methodist.  Richard Rohr, in a recent interview on The Liturgists podcast (listen here), mentioned that he was very impressed by Methodism because it didn’t produce “angry Christians.”  For the most part, he’s right.  We try to unite around a rich belief […]

Haynes: Who says Elephants can’t dance?

Of course, the divisive issue that we face now is whether to change the language of the Book of Discipline as related to homosexuality. In many local churches divisions over our acceptance or rejection of homosexuals could become a crippling blow. The General Conference’s discernment on the issue of sexuality has serious implications for our continued life together.

United Methodists need The United Methodist Reporter

In our time of emails, Facebook, and online news, all print media are in readership decline. Most are in financial straits. Most denominational bookstores, including the Cokesbury stores of The United Methodist Church, are closed or in fiscal jeopardy. Time honored periodicals like Newsweek and The Christian Century cannot exists solely by subscriptions and advertising; they […]

Faith Lived Out: My three stages of ministry

Conscientious folk have already reminded us that April is the anniversary of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s martyrdom. Bonhoeffer was a follower of Jesus who listened to God instead of the Nazis during World War II. For his faithfulness, he was hanged in April 1945. Reflection led me to my favorite Bonhoeffer quote, from his brief but […]

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