Rejecting conversion therapy, accepting love

By Sarah Grove
As a queer theologian, I celebrate my sexual orientation as a beautiful facet of being created in the image of the Divine. Indeed, the culminating moment of coming out to myself… read more

In Egypt, atheists considered a ‘dangerous development’

By Sarah Lynch / USA Today
CAIRO (RNS) In Egypt, there is seemingly no place where atheists or those thought to be nonbelievers are safe. They’ve been targeted at cafes, harassed on the streets and… read more

Wild dogs and unwatched babies: Why we can't heal the UMC

By Christy Thomas
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Costa Rica for a Pacific Coast sunset wedding at a small, remote place called Samara Beach. No resort town here, despite the spectacular beach. The … read more

Everyone wants to know: What is love?

By Courtney T Ball
Perhaps this is old news to you, but I learned today that “What is love?” was the third-highest-ranked “what is” question asked by Google searchers in… read more

Review: 'Me and We: God's New Social Gospel'

By Dottie Escobedo-Frank
Leonard Sweet tackles a topic dear to the hearts of many church leaders when he addresses the foils and follies, as well as the gifts and graces, of the “social… read more

Preacher Prep: Second Sunday in Lent

By Sally A. Brown, Cynthia L. Rigby
The following is an excerpt from the Abingdon Theological Companion to the Lectionary, available from cokesbury.com.  Second Sunday in Lent The Lessons in… read more

No More Sides!

By Steve Harper
This article is excerpted from the 2014 Abingdon Press book For the Sake of the Bride, which is about using the roundtable to settle church disputes.Jesus was able to make friends … read more

Trust God: In Loving Memory of Bishop Rueben P. Job, February 7, 1928 — January 3, 2015

By Neil M. Alexander
Bishop Rueben P. Job helped many of us give ourselves to lives of prayer, which takes us into active engagement with God’s leading, prodding, and sanctifying love. He is… read more

Freedom of the Pulpit—Responsibility to the Covenant

By Justin Coleman
When I was a seminarian, I dreamed about becoming a culturally relevant prophetic preacher who spoke truth to power in such a way that irritated, inspired, and renewed… read more

A Covenant for Unity

By Dalton Rushing
If we are to push through the significant impasse that faces The United Methodist Church, we must put aside equivocation and false pretense and be completely honest with each… read more

Sermon Options: March 8, 2015

By Ministry Matters
Principles for Quality Living Exodus 20:1-17 These timeless commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai en route to the Promised Land. They have never lost their relevance… read more

Chargeable Offenses and Complaints

By Joe E. Pennel, Jr.
I am thankful that The United Methodist Church, unlike many denominations, has a process for handling complaints brought against clergy. Our procedures are informed by the… read more
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