Postscript to Portland

By Chappell Temple
I’m almost afraid to admit it, but I think I came away from Portland if not quite “surprised by joy,” to quote C.S. Lewis, at least somewhat cautiously… read more

Dealing with divisions

By Melissa Spoelstra
As I scroll through my social media feeds, I often click on articles related to issues that interest me. Many of them discuss faith or reactions to current developments in the… read more

Retiring with grace

By Steve Harper
Grace is at the heart of the gospel. It should be at the heart of retirement as well. But unfortunately, that is not always the case. Despite our best intentions, the closer we… read more

InterVarsity leader: 'I know what it’s like to live in a culture not my own'

By Timothy C. Morgan / Religion News Service
(RNS) Tom Lin, 43, a Chicago native, Harvard grad, one-time missionary to Mongolia, was recently named the first nonwhite president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the… read more

Missouri Synod set for fight over who should preach to Lutherans

By Jesse Bogan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
HAMEL, Ill. — Half a millennium since a Catholic priest named Martin Luther railed against Rome for being out of step with Jesus, sparking the Protestant Reformation… read more

Productive Pastor: Developing systems that work

By Chad Brooks
Do you use systems? When I talk about systems do you struggle to understand what it’s like to build and implement them? In this episode we are going to talk about developing … read more

Why United Methodists’ chaos on sexuality issues will continue

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) While many evangelical church bodies have reiterated their “no” to homosexuality — and most mainline Protestant traditions have said “yes”… read more

The rise of the 'Methodist middle'

By James A. Harnish
Surprised in Portland According to the New Testament book of Acts, surprising the church is the Holy Spirit’s idea of a good time. When the leaders of the early church… read more

Tears in the airport

By Jacob Armstrong
I’m leaving General Conference 2016 and there are tears in the corners of my eyes. It’s not because I am sad to leave. I know in part it is due to the fact that… read more

What’s wrong with the way we make church decisions? Part 2

By Terence Corkin, Julia Kuhn Wallace
The theme of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, “Therefore, Go!” now sounds more like a relief than a passionate call to mission. This General Conference… read more

African Methodists worry about the church that brought them Christianity

By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) The Rev. Jerry Kulah has nothing but gratitude for American Methodists. In 1833, they sent their first missionary to his country, Liberia, which was founded… read more

Finding hope at General Conference

By Dalton Rushing
Hope is one of the most powerful words I know. When you've got it, hope can sustain you through incredibly difficult times. When you lose it, it's devastating. I will admit… read more
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