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United Methodists need The United Methodist Reporter

In our time of emails, Facebook, and online news, all print media are in readership decline. Most are in financial straits. Most denominational bookstores, including the Cokesbury stores of The United Methodist Church, are closed or in fiscal jeopardy. Time honored periodicals like Newsweek and The Christian Century cannot exists solely by subscriptions and advertising; they […]

Lessons to Be Learned from the 1844 “Plan of Separation”

The premise of this column, like the last one, is predicated on a wisdom saying of George Santyana, professor at Harvard:, “If we do not know history, we are condemned to repeat it.” we ignore our past to our chagrin and regret. Therefore, I ask you to see in our past the dynamics of our […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: How does Wesleyan theology rank with “millenials”?

The naming of generations is a fairly recent thing, beginning with “Baby Boomers” (born 1946-64). The defining moment for the Boomers was the Vietnam War and the “disestablishmentarianism” of the 1960’s. One of the establishments which began eroding was the traditional church, built for the most part on denominational loyalty. The late 1960’s represented the […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Learning from those who don’t like us

John Wesley read more widely than almost any man of his time.  He was an acquaintance  of his contemporary, John Locke, the deist whose writing inspired James Madison and Thomas Jefferson’s “enlightened” view of humankind.  Locke, Adam Smith, David Hume, and Montesquieu of  France all rejected the Christian doctrine of original sin — yet Wesley […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Born again churches and the disconnect with culture

“Born Again Churches” the title read, in a secular Scottish magazine. It reported about a precipitous free-fall in the Church of Scotland attendance which reflects a seismic cultural shift.  Attendance is declining about 17,000 per year in the country historically known for its great preachers, such as Peter Marshall. The magazine writer put it this […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Can United Methodists learn from Pope Francis?

Regardless of our age or station in life, we need from time to time to read something  of a different genre or posture from our own opinion and journey.  One also needs to hear the counsel of others who have a different perspective, a different view—micro or macro—of the  prevailing winds.  Nearly an octogenarian, I […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: What don’t we understand about conversion?

I love words and my curiosity is piqued when I see one whose meaning I do not know.  One that jumped at me recently was “entropy.”  Why?  Because it  regards the untapped  potential for revitalizing a movement!   It means the potential energy not being utilized in a closed system needing change!    In information theory, “entropy” […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Thank you all, goodbye, and God bless you!

Editor’s note: This article was submitted prior to the announcement of the continuation of www.unitedmethodistreporter.com but CircuitWriter Media LLC. We have reached out to Dr. Haynes about possibly continuing his column on-line in the future and hope to be able to announce about his participation soon.  Writing the 209th and final “Wesleyan Wisdom” column for […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Blueprint for revitalizing a UM congregation

In 1944, I walked into our four-room farmhouse and found my mother cleaning dishes in two dishpans—one for washing and one for rinsing. She was crying, and her tears were dropping into the dishwater. Troubled, almost frightened, I asked her why. She said, “They are going to put us out of the conference.” At the […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: Diagnosis – So you want to be a vital congregation?

In Michigan the 11th largest city in the U.S. is called “Dih-TROIT.” However, in northeast Texas, there is a village called “DEE-troit” with a population of 732 and a United Methodist church whose membership has gradually declined from around 100 to 56. This Easter, they had an alarmingly low attendance of 15. I’ve just spent […]