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Commentary: Yes it’s time – time to decide who we are and what we believe

By Bill T. Arnold* When the Methodist movement became a denomination, our forebears adopted the Anglican Church’s Articles of Religion in nearly every respect. With regard to Scripture, we inherited the statement that the Bible “containeth all things necessary to ...
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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 ...
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Ministry Matters: The rise of the “Methodist middle”

By James A Harnish* According to the New Testament book of Acts, surprising the church is the Holy Spirit’s idea of a good time. When the leaders of the early church thought they had figured everything out or when they ...
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Commentary: Goodnight Portland…

"The opera ain't over until the fat lady sings." So said Texas Tech sports information director Ralph Carpenter in the final moments of the Southwest Conference tournament finals as the Aggies were heading towards a tie. Well, I think the ...
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Commentary: A little good news

By Rev. Laura Easto* Eight years ago the United Methodist Church accepted the challenge to eradicate malaria around the world. It was amazing to watch that pledge pour down into congregations! We played basketball to raise money, youth groups went ...
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Thank You

by Gloria Voorhees Thomas FUMC, Denton, TX Denton, Texas Thank you for taking up the torch. As a Christian Educator for 50 years, now retired, I have a long and enriching experience with the United Methodist Reporter. I edited an ...
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Answering back on gay issue

In his letter (Reporter, March 1), the Rev. Al Milligan writes, “Everyone who has come into the world, without exception, is the result of a male and female union.” Does this mean he does not believe in the virgin birth ...
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More than ‘strangely warmed’

I have appreciated Dr. Donald Haynes’ good articles about John Wesley and our Methodist roots. I would like to add an insight to his reference about Wesley’s Aldersgate experience in the March 1 Reporter. Dr. Haynes reports, “After feeling his ...
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Bishop is wrong on marriage stand

I am writing regarding the letter written by Bishop Sally Dyck to clergy and members of the Northern Illinois Conference expressing her support of same-sex marriage legislation (Reporter, Jan. 25). It is clear that the United Methodist Book of Discipline ...
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Thoughts on disability and race taken wrongly

As the editor, and one of 25 authors for Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities, I feel called to reply to Lynda R. Byrd’s recent Letter to the Editor (Reporter, Jan. 18). It saddens me that she thought ...
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