Ben Witherington

Death of a Daughter: Our experience of grief begins with a good God

By Ben Witherington III, Special Contributor • • • Having recently gone through the devastating experience of having our beautiful 32-year-old daughter die, completely unexpectedly, of a pulmonary embolism, I was determined from Day One (Jan. 11, when she was ...
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Dan Dick

We need ‘call to integrity’ more than Call to Action

Following the endless conversations about “what comes next?” in the United Methodist Church, it becomes more and more apparent that most of the suggestions, reports and recommendations made thus far are all designed for just one purpose: to avoid the ...
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Tex Sample

Pursuing new history between UM Church, indigenous peoples

By Tex Sample John Wesley understood quite clearly the atrocities carried out by Europeans against Native Americans. In his sermon, “A Caution Against Bigotry,” he wrote: “Even cruelty and bloodshed, how little have the Christians come behind them! And not ...
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Mary Jo Dahlberg

Why numbers won’t motivate us

By Mary Jo Dahlberg I am a layperson, served as Lay Leader for the Minnesota Annual Conference for two quadrenniums, elected to the General Board of Discipleship for two quadrenniums, and now elected a General Conference delegate for the third ...
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Laurie Haller

Don’t fight decline, embrace ‘smart decline’

I noticed it over the past several years as I traveled to the Phoenix area to spend a few days with my father and other family members. Every time we visited we’d play a new golf course in a brand ...
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