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Recently Read: First Wednesday in Advent: Better to be feared or loved?

by Kevin Alton First Wednesday in Advent Psalm 90; Isaiah 1:24-31; Luke 11:29-32 I struggle with the Old Testament’s depiction of God as the bad guy in a gangster movie. I understand the sentiment. In pre-scientific culture, the world was enchanted. God was in everything—trees, the earth, animals, even behavior was attributed to God. The […]

Recently Read: New Publication Honors Christian Education Faculty Members Jack Seymour and Margaret Ann Crain

EVANSTON, Illinois – In the forward of the newly published book, Educating for Redemptive Community: Essays in Honor of Jack Seymour and Margaret Ann Crain (Wipf & Stock, 2015), longtime friend and United Methodist colleague, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore, dean of the School of Theology and professor of theology and education at Boston University, begins […]

Recently Read: Amid hysteria, a call for hospitality

by Bishop Roy I. Sano A Japanese-American couple was murdered on a farm next to ours, and a Filipino American was wounded in a drive-by shooting for being too friendly with Japanese Americans. Amidst the turbulence, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, to remove us to the camps. On the same day, FBI hauled away […]

Recently Read: The inconvenience of apportionments

by B. Kevin Smalls Visit his blog at I remember growing up hearing the complaints of how costly apportionments are to some local churches. “We don’t have that many people.” “Our building is falling down around us.” “We have needs in our own backyard.” Sadly, I’ve also seen the passive-aggressive ways of congregations to punish […]

Recently Read: Offended by party theme, SMU students march for racial understanding

Before the march, Perkins student Robin Murray read a letter from Dr. James L. Lyles, one of the original five African-American students who integrated the seminary in 1955. The retired UMC pastor and distinguished SMU alum, age 87, said: “Prayer and peace are instruments that enable you to stay the course. … Pray for the […]

Recently Read: At least 35 congregations UMC congregations in Kansas, Nebraska ready to help refugees

United Methodist Church congregations across Kansas and Nebraska stand ready to assist refugees from Syria once they are allowed to enter the United States. That was the message shared Friday morning at First United Methodist Church in Topeka, Kansas, by Bishop Scott J. Jones, episcopal leader of the Great Plains Conference, which includes 1,032 congregations […]

Recently Read: Is the judicial review of Plan UMC biased?

Jeremy Smith at Hacking Christianity unpacks this weeks review of the PlanUMC reorganizational plan by the United Methodist Judicial Council: In short, when the Judicial Council meets later this week, there’s two voices of support (or at least benevolent ambivalence from the Bishops) for PlanUMC–and no voices of opposition, as one would expect of a trustworthy […]

Recently Read: UM congregation endows SMU Methodist history chair

The Dallas Morning News reported last week that the Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas has committed to a large donation to Southern Methodist University: Highland Park United Methodist Church has given $1.5 million to neighboring Southern Methodist University to advance Methodist scholarship. The gift includes $1 million to establish and endow the Umphrey Lee […]

Recently Read: Part-time pastors claiming more pulpits

The Rev. Mark Windley works full time and more as sales manager for an industrial supply and services company. When not working, he’s leading Amazing Grace Community of Faith, an African-American United Methodist church plant in Louisville, Kentucky. Windley preaches. He also sets up chairs and checks the sound system. The church has grown in […]

Recently Read: Margaret Thatcher shaped by her Methodist faith

Margaret Thatcher, the late Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and contemporary of President Ronald Reagan, was fundamentally shaped by her Methodist faith and upbringing. Historian Dr. Eliza Filby delved into Thatcher’s deep-seated Methodism and how this influenced her conservative politics in her new book, God and Mrs Thatcher: The Battle for Britain’s Soul. […]