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History of Hymns: German hymn praises Christ’s ‘Boundless Love’

Wesley most likely came upon this hymn in the Herrnhut Collection of Count Zinzendorf, which, according to Methodist hymnologist Robert McCutchan in Our Hymnody, would have been the hymnal the Moravians used.

Halloween special: Reports of spooky happenings in UM settings

Churches are havens of safety, places of welcome and respite, a heavenly pathway to God — but that doesn’t mean they can’t have their own tales of unexplained happenings. Some United Methodist churches, cemeteries and at least one home of a well-known Methodist reportedly have things that go bump in the dark (or daylight) — […]

Q&A: John Wesley says, ‘Take care of yourself’

A focus on health and wellness was essential to the ministry of Methodism’s founder John Wesley, says the Rev. Randy Maddox, a noted Wesley scholar. He believes the emphasis on integrating the physical and the spiritual is just one of many lessons that Wesley’s writings and thinking on health offer the church today. Dr. Maddox, […]

Some hard truths about the UMC, including that homosexuality isn’t to blame

By Sky McCracken, Special Contributor, … It’s a quote from a Star Trek movie (First Contact), admittedly with a gender bias, but it certainly applies: “Don’t try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history make its own judgment.” I think if you’re going to be an elder in the United […]