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Recently Read: Four Compelling Reasons Conservative and Progressive United Methodists Have to Stay Together

by Rev. Dr. James C. Howell Voices are clamoring for a split in the United Methodist Church, with an increasing urgency given many recent events, most notably an episcopal election in the West. I was myself a candidate for bishop and was not elected – and I am writing this blog to expand upon something […]

Harry Reems’ legacy far more than porn films, says UM pastor who saw him change

By Mark Heiss, Special Contributor… Most people over 50 probably recall the name Harry Reems, the movie he starred in, “Deep Throat,” and the numerous moral and legal battles surrounding issues of pornography and free speech in the early 1970s.  Harry died the other day.  From fame and celebrity, and $30,000-a-week paychecks making porn movies, […]

JAM program connects kids with Jesus

By Fred Koenig, Special Contributor… HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo.—The Rev. Barbara Phifer was responding to a direct need in her congregation when she started taking steps to implement a new program for children at Faith United Methodist Church. “Parents were expressing a desire for their younger children to learn the Bible,” Ms. Phifer said. Several of […]