By Michael Jinkins
This article was previously published in October 2015 on the author’s blog, “Thinking Out Loud." Compromise has become a dirty word in America—maybe in the… read more

The death of homogenized United Methodism

By Chris Ritter
Growing up on a dairy farm, we often used milk right out of the bulk tank. This large, gleaming stainless steel reservoir was supplied from a pipeline flowing from the udders of… read more


By John K. Yambasu
Before and after the Civil Rights Movement, race issues dominated the social, economic, and political landscape of the USA. The whole world witnessed and still experiences its… read more

Treasure hidden in a field

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
"So what do you think will happen at the General Conference?” I’m often asked that question. Underneath are a variety of unspoken emotions: fear, anxiety, sadness… read more

We are one

By Francis Asbury
God is love. There is anger and hatred in God as well as love, but God is never said to be anger or hatred; no, not even justice itself. Rather God prefers to disclose to humans… read more

Our works of piety in pursuit of the common good

By Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli
"I’m not sure how I feel about living in this city,” said a theologically trained young adult with a passion for social justice. As a relative newcomer to Washington… read more

Is The United Methodist Church's mission statement really Methodist?

By Christian Alsted
This article is an excerpt from Alsted's essay “Evangelism and Prevenient Grace in the 21st Century.” The essay appears in the journal Nordic Perspectives on… read more

A unique and contextual identity

By Meeli Tankler
This article is based on Tankler's DMin thesis from Asbury Theological Seminary, the research for which also appeared in the journal Nordic Perspectives on Methodism. The… read more

Politics, sin and the church's response

By David Person
Not even governors of states are exempt from the scrutiny of the church. That’s what Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley learned last week. Bentley, who is embroiled in what may be… read more

5 ways to overcome discouragement

By Todd Outcalt
Among the many challenges that pastors face, discouragement may be the most pervasive.  While financial stresses, widening workload and an ever-changing array of needs… read more

Missed opportunity

By Joseph Yoo
I found a new favorite “office” in Santa Barbara called Rebar Coffee. It’s near the ocean so you get the ocean smell. It’s at the edge of downtown, so… read more

Obama at last prayer breakfast: 'We heal hatred with love'

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama hosted his last Easter Prayer Breakfast with Christian leaders, pausing to reflect on what he called a “bittersweet” occasion… read more
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