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Haynes: The Tyranny of Self Righteousness

When I retired at age sixty-four rather than sixty-five, I was often asked, “why?” I usually referred to my forty-six years of service or that we had completed our retirement home, but seldom revealed the real reason. Actually, I retired because one layman came into chew me out for one illustration that he did not […]

Why the “intrinsic worth” of people is a big deal

Recently I listened to a public radio interview with author Adam Cohen. Cohen has written a book about the “eugenics” movement in America and the way it created a culture of forced sterilization. According to well-documented research, somewhere around 60,000 people were involuntarily sterilized because they were deemed “feebleminded.” This early-twentieth century movement considered itself […]

Wesley Bros: Zwingli loves sausage

Lent is that weird season where Christians go on a diet.  Catholics and Orthodox give up meat (at least on Fridays), and High Church Protestants give up caffeine or booze or chocolate or social media.  One of my students this year gave up giving up stuff, meaning, he won’t be participating in the Lenten fast. […]

Haynes: A Biblical analysis of homosexuality

Editor’s Note: For many years Dr. Donald Haynes was a regular and popular commentator for The United Methodist Reporter. While Dr. Haynes retired from regular writing, we recently submitted the following reflection as he wrestles in his mind with the conversations ahead of The United Methodist Church at the 2016 General Conference in Portland. We share […]

Momany: Flint water “crisis” sign of the times

I am not a Socialist. Seriously. I have never been impressed with government policies that treat people as interchangeable cogs in some machine. Most especially, I do not believe that God created humanity to be treated in this manner. The witness of Genesis, interpreted in various ways, teaches that human beings are created in God’s […]

Commentary: Each Person Another Self

I spent my earliest years in a troubled, rust-belt city that was plagued by economic depression and racial tension. Ironically, they were some of the best times of my life, if only because of the courage displayed by a variety of people looking for a more loving way. At one point, when I was about […]

Whatever happened to “truth”?

  by Chris Momany   The mixture of condemnation and hand-wringing over the Trump presidential candidacy would be amusing if the stakes were not so high. Those running for office have perfected the art of truth-bending, even those who do so under the banner of not being a “politician.” Yet independent fact-checkers are wearing themselves out […]

Commentary: Voices of History

I sometimes tell people that I do what I do for the young adults around me and for the folks up in the graveyard. In other words, I love to work with college students, and I love history, especially the courage of those who served God faithfully over the ages. This description of my vocation […]

Momany: It’s time for a new personalism

A few years ago, our college held a symposium on the Underground Railroad tradition. We are located in southeastern Michigan, with a history of pre-Civil War antislavery activism. Near the end of the symposium, participants considered the meaning this legacy holds for today. One person observed that her local congregation needed improvement regarding issues of […]

Wesley Bros: Old Jeffrey

Believe it or not, the childhood home of John Wesley was haunted by a specter the children named “Old Jeffrey.” While the three boys were all off at boarding schools, Susanna, the Wesley sisters, and the servants at the Epworth Rectory experienced one of the most famous poltergeist encounters in British history. It started with […]