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

Stories from Jim Crow America

By David Person
Last week, uber-celebrity Steve Harvey told a story on his syndicated radio show that wasn’t very funny. But it may be one of the most important stories he will ever… read more

All things are possible

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
I love the church. I am not naive about the church, or my own human nature, but I love the church. I loved serving as a pastor in the local church, and now I am blessed in the… read more

United Methodist leadership recommends deferral of LGBT decisions

By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) In an effort to stave off a schism in one of the nation’s largest Protestant denominations, United Methodist Church leaders are recommending a deferral… read more

Jim Harnish on #UMCGC, Wesleyan Christianity and the theological center

By Shane Raynor, James A. Harnish
Jim Harnish and Shane Raynor discuss the United Methodist General Conference so far, discipleship, and the Wesleyan theological center. read more

#UMCGC: Twitter, 'winners' & 'losers,' and the Love Alike Plan

By Shane Raynor, Mark Lockard
Mark Lockard and Shane Raynor discuss the tone so far on the Twitter #UMCGC hashtag, emotions surrounding GC when groups win and lose controversial votes, and the third way plan… read more

Why I can’t ignore General Conference

By Rob Lee
When they told Mordecai what Esther had said, Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the… read more
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