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Faith Lived Out: What will Jesus say?

My family never came to the United States. That’s right. The United States came to my family, and I am not of Native American descent. My people were French immigrants, living in North America well before the Revolution. They were kicked up the St. Lawrence Valley by the British when that empire took control of […]

Embracing our ‘Jesus came for all’ identity

By Christopher P. Momany, Special Contributor… Before the United States entered World War II, preacher and social critic Harry Emerson Fosdick delivered a sermon titled “Winning the War of Ideas.” It was no celebration of conflict but a reminder that opposing ideas contend for our souls. Fosdick quoted a Nazi propagandist who bragged that the […]

UM-related colleges have ‘unique witness’ to offer

By Christopher Momany, Special Contributor… My mother was right, but please don’t let her know. Years ago, I was poised to attend a state university when Mom suggested we visit a small, United Methodist-related school in southern Michigan. I supposed that it wouldn’t hurt to look at one more place, so we spent a few […]

Commentary: Ways to strengthen the academy and the church

By Christopher Momany, Special Contributor… Some years ago I served on a regional credentialing board of the United Methodist Church. Our primary task was interviewing candidates for ordained ministry, and I actually had the audacity to think we were interested in theologically astute talent. Yet when one exceedingly bright young seminary graduate presented herself, the […]

Q&A: Doing good, being holy

The Rev. Christopher Momany is chaplain of United Methodist-related Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., and an ordained United Methodist minister who served as pastor of several churches in New Jersey and western Michigan. His book, Doing Good: A Grace-Filled Approach to Holiness (Abingdon Press, 2011) explores the Wesleyan ethic of holy love.  He answered questions […]