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

The Captain Obvious of preaching

By Talbot Davis
Maybe you’ve seen the recent spate of commercials for Hotels.com featuring Captain Obvious.  Here’s one of the best: I have noticed in the communication field… read more

Ruined by greed

By Melissa Scott
1 Kings 21:1-21a Today’s story is one that, at least at first reading, makes us shake our heads. How could Ahab and Jezebel be so evil? What could possibly make them think… read more

Uber revelation

By Matt Rawle
I’ve had an unexpected revelation at the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Psalm 139:14 reminds us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Although this … read more

How to avoid the Felix Unger trap at church

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
I came of age in the 70s and was raised on the TV sitcoms of the era: All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Happy Days and The Odd Couple. In fact, one episode from the many… read more

Aggressive driving and road rage

By Jim Hawkins
In the news In February of last year, Tammy Meyers of Las Vegas was giving her 15-year-old daughter a driving lesson. The teenager noticed that a nearby car was speeding, so she… read more

Race and Pentecost

By Clifton Stringer
Fear of persons of other races began, for me, in kindergarten. It came with my epiphanic recognition that there were children — people my size — with… read more

Human sexuality and global Christianity

By Shane Raynor
I spent a portion of my morning today in the United Methodist General Conference press room watching the plenary session dealing with the controversial Rule 44. Rule 44 was… read more

Feeling holy?

By Melissa Spoelstra
Holy means “set apart.” It is a word used of God’s character. He is not like us, special, perfect. Yet the crazy thing is that God calls those who choose to… read more

I leave hopeful

By Jacob Armstrong
On November 1, 1792, a year after the death of John Wesley, the Methodist leadership in America gathered in Baltimore for a conference. The Methodist church was on one hand young, … read more

Pentecost: claiming all ages as holy

By Greg Moore, Cameron Merrill
As we sat down to plan worship for Pentecost this year and we instinctively reached for our multi-lingual prayers of the people (we need one person to read a petition in French… read more

General Conference (from the outside)

By Kira Schlesinger
On Sunday, I asked one of my parishioners whose brother is an ordained Methodist elder if he had mentioned anything about the upcoming General Conference and received only a blank … read more
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