Blest Be the Tie that Binds

By Scott J. Jones
During the last four months, I have had multiple invitations to break my vows. Many people have suggested that, in the name of protesting against perceived injustice, I should… read more

Art of the Sermon: Learning as you go

By Dan Wunderlich
Thanks for checking out this episode of Art of the Sermon! Be sure to subscribe through iTunes, Google Play Music, or your favorite podcast app. If you enjoy this episode, leave a … read more

Praying for General Conference

By Mike Slaughter
Every four years, the United Methodist Church convenes at General Conference. On May 10-20, 864 global delegates — half of them clergy and half laity — will gather in… read more

Between the Bible and The UMC, where's Christ?

By M. Kathryn Armistead
In a recent article, Adam Hamilton says, “No issue will be more closely watched than the debate and decisions of the Conference regarding gay and lesbian people.” He… read more

Being 'pastoral'

By Daniel McLain Hixon
When I was in seminary, people often used the world "pastoral" when they meant "comforting." People would say "I'm not doing systematic theology right now, I am doing pastoral… read more

A leadership experiment: The little things matter

By Ron Edmondson
In making a first impression, the little things matter. When a visitor shows up on our church campus for the first time, the little things matter. When a parent decides to trust… read more

To reach 'nones,' try experimental churches

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — In much of the Pacific Northwest, people would rather get their teeth cleaned than go to church, the Rev. Beth Ann Estock said. Estock is a church… read more

Productive Pastor: Managing your week with Evernote

By Chad Brooks
Did you know you can use Evernote to order and organize your week? I use Evernote for nearly everything and the two tasks that I can’t imagine not using it for are… read more

Trump, the golden calf and leadership pitfalls

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
As the Republican convention draws near it’s clear that Trump is a force to be reckoned with. But what sort of leader is he? A bully, yes. An egomaniac, yes. An outsider… read more

The race that is set before us

By Kira Schlesinger
On Patriot’s Day in 1966, fifty years ago, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb jumped out of the forsythia bushes and ran 26.2 miles to become the first female finisher of the… read more

Teach kids how to count (on you)

By David Staal
Life happens in moments. Many qualify as mundane; others rather exhilarating. Once, while swimming in the ocean, a large wave knocked over my daughter, who was five years old at… read more

Learning to see

By F. Willis Johnson
In "We Have This Ministry: The Heart of the Pastor’s Vocation," Samuel Dewitt Proctor and Gardner Calvin Taylor suggest we are uniquely challenged in our work as pastors. In … read more
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