You keep using that word

By Cameron Merrill
Reading the newest releases from the Wesley Covenant Association, I cannot help hearing the voice of Inigo Montoya in my own inner dialogue. "Orthodoxy. You keep using that word… read more

Where are we now?

By Chris Ritter
The long-awaited Judicial Council ruling related to Bishop Oliveto has arrived. As I expected, the decision leaves her in office. Our highest court is loathe to take on duties… read more

Your structure can impede your progress

By Ron Edmondson
Whenever I post about how structure can get in the way of progress I hear from people who remind me we need structure to prevent organizational chaos. And I agree. I also learn… read more

Getting to your NEXT

By Mike Slaughter
Eight weeks from now, I will preach my last message as lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church. As one of the earliest United Methodist megachurches to experience a senior pastor… read more

Consecration of gay bishop against church law

By Linda Bloom / United Methodist News Service
NEWARK, N.J. (UMNS) The consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, the top court of The United Methodist Church has ruled. However, the bishop “remains in good… read more

How we got to where we are: A brief overview of United Methodism in 2017

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
Note: For those who want to dive in deeply into what is happening in United Methodism in the present moment, I recommend the abundance of statements and interpretations that are… read more

The narrative that’s destroying United Methodism

By Morgan Guyton
There’s a narrative circulating around United Methodism. It goes something like this: if preachers would just “preach the gospel” and teach the… read more

Why is schism such a dirty word?

By Shane Raynor
It was announced earlier this week by the United Methodist Council of Bishops that there will be a special General Conference in 2019. This one will be limited to dealing with a… read more

Boundaries, not rules

By Kira Schlesinger
About a month ago, the Internet erupted over a tidbit in a years-old interview in which Vice President Mike Pence said he would not eat alone with women or attend an event where… read more

It’s time. Blow up the UMC. My own breaking point.

By Christy Thomas
I had planned a gentle, thoughtful post here. I have, after all, billed myself as the Thoughtful Pastor, although some certainly question the appropriateness of my claim. My… read more

Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) The Council of Bishops announced the call to a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. The special meeting of The United Methodist… read more

You can, unless you shouldn't

By Matt Rawle
How can Scripture inform the way we share our faith in the midst of disagreement? Christianity isn’t easy. “You can unless you shouldn’t, and you shouldn’t … read more
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