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Q&A: Lessons from facing a parent’s dementia

Many United Methodists appreciate the books of Robert Benson, author of nine works on the contemplative life, including Living Prayer and A Good Life. But he tells a very personal story in his latest book, Moving Miss Peggy (Abingdon Press). It’s the story of his mother’s descent into dementia, and the wrenching experience of moving […]

Q&A: The ‘Quiet Pentecost’ of spiritual formation

United Methodists worried about declining church membership may be overlooking a more subtle renewal that’s underway, writes the Rev. Dwight H. Judy in his new book, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013). Dr. Judy is a retired elder in the North Texas Conference and professor emeritus of spiritual […]

Q&A: U.S. still religious, but not a ‘Christian nation’

Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and contributing editor to Time magazine, recently delivered the Bolin Family 2013 Public Life/Personal Faith lecture at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. Mr. Meacham lectured on “American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation,” also the title of his bestselling 2007 book. More […]

Q&A: Bringing a sports legend to life on the big screen

The new movie 42 focuses on the years when baseball great Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African American player in the modern era of Major League Baseball. The cast includes newcomer Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Dodgers general manager who signed him onto […]

Q&A: Women as social gospel practitioners

History has largely ignored the work of churchwomen, according to the Rev. Ellen Blue, and she’s written a book in hopes of beginning to change that. A professor of the history of Christianity and United Methodist studies at Phillips Theological Seminary in Oklahoma, she is the author of St. Mark’s and the Social Gospel: Methodist […]

Q&A with Kent Millard

Under Brad Stevens, the Butler University men’s basketball team has built an amazing record, twice reaching the NCAA Finals in a field of much bigger schools. Coach Stevens and his wife Tracy are active members at St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis, Ind. The Rev. Kent Millard, retired pastor at St. Luke’s, has co-written with Judith […]

Q&A: A stand for Christian universalism

Can everyone be saved through Jesus Christ? The Rev. Heath Bradley, associate pastor of preaching and Christian education at Pulaski Heights UMC in Little Rock, Ark., thinks so. In his new book, Flames of Love: Hell and Universal Salvation (Wipf and Stock Publishers), Mr. Bradley builds a theological framework for the doctrine of hell that […]

Q&A: On knowing and editing H. Nouwen

Many people have come to know Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) through his prolific writings on the spiritual life. John Mogabgab came to know him personally—from 1975 to 1980, Dr. Mogabgab served as an assistant to Nouwen. Recently, he edited A Spirituality of Homecoming, the latest in an Upper Room Books series based on Nouwen’s writings. Dr. […]

Q&A: Lenten study on Jesus’ miracles

In his new book, The Miracles of Jesus: Meditations and Prayers for Lent (Upper Room Books, 2012), the Rev. Wessel Bentley says the miracles of Jesus, performed 2,000 years ago, can still change hearts and lives today. Mr. Bentley, an ordained minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, is a part-time lecturer in the […]

Q&A: Don’t rule out a renaissance of religion in North America

Despite a deep drop in the number of Americans who identify with a particular faith, the country could be on the cusp of a religious renaissance, says Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of The Gallup Poll. Grounded in more than a million Gallup interviews, Dr. Newport’s new book, God is Alive and Well, argues that the aging […]

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