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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

Grace is the Best Incentive

Some months ago, I received repeated “invitations” to register college students for a church “leadership” event. As the sponsoring organization counted down days prior to the gathering, a boatload of “incentives” was offered. There were potential prizes for those who registered early, discounts, and even points for joining the online discussion during the weekend. So […]

We Don’t Get to Heaven on Someone Else’s Sins (COMMENTARY)

I can’t identify the original source of the statement, but it will certainly preach. My heart is perpetually tempted to construct a sense of self from someone else’s flaws.

The Social Principles Today and Tomorrow

The United Methodist Social Principles are entering a new era. Many hard-working church leaders are hosting a global conversation about these principles. How should they be re-framed and re-configured for the future?

Commentary: When Praise and Participation Embrace

Praise and participation belong together. They unite in a new reality. A social creed is not an agenda slipped into worship, and we are not to separate worship from action.

The World is Still our Parish

It is a cliché, at best, to say that The United Methodist Church faces a time of crisis. A great part of our difficulty revolves around institutional identity and how we should relate to the surrounding culture.

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