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Yoked to Christ and His Church: A Reflection on Vows

“I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” -Psalm 116:14 (NRSV) The change was instantaneous.  The moment I was ordained, the least important thing about me became my “personal” convictions.  Two and a half years ago, at the holy ground called Lake Junaluska Assembly, several bishops as well […]

Recently Read: United Methodist clergy warned to beware of scams

From the Columbus Dispatch: The local conference of the United Methodist Church is warning of a scam in which pastors and churches are contacted by con artists purporting to be from the bishop’s office and asking for money for someone urgently in need. In a message sent Thursday to churches and other Methodist organizations, the […]

Recently Read:Trapped — The Church Vocation Issue We Don’t Talk About

Gordon Atkinson, a former Baptist pastor and the blogger known to many as the “Real Live Preacher”, is starting a series of articles on ministers who are ready to leave their positions: Here is the thing that we don’t talk about: There are thousands of ministers out there who no longer wish to be ministers. […]

Bishop: Close clergy’s tax loophole for housing

By Bishop Jack M. Tuell, Special Contributor… I have just completed my 2012 federal income tax return and sent it off with a sigh of relief. But once again I was troubled by something in the tax code that gives me a huge advantage over almost everyone else except other clergy. I refer to the IRS […]