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Preaching To Confront Racism

By William H. Willimon Moralism (substituting law for gospel, exhorting better human behavior without dependency upon God’s grace) is no match for racism. While urging us to preach justice, Lutheran James Childs warns: “Preaching that always goes directly from sin to salvation or from cross to resurrection without ever stopping off at sanctification is missing […]

Bledsoe episode calls us to talk about race, racism

By Gilbert H. Caldwell, Special Contributor… As I read the Reporter article titled “Kind words, hugs and pain at event for Bishop Bledsoe,” I had two immediate reactions: First, I was deeply moved at the expressions of love and appreciation at this North Texas Conference farewell reception for Bishop Earl Bledsoe, who was involuntarily retired. […]

UM Church history requires we discuss racism

By Gilbert H. Caldwell, United Methodist News Service… “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’”—Luke 19:39-40 (NRSV) The United Methodist Church ought not and cannot be silent about race and racism. Sojourners […]

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