Will the center hold?

By James A. Harnish
Things fall apart Perhaps W. B. Yeats got it right. In the aftermath of the horrendous slaughter of World War I and at the beginning of the Irish War of Independence, he wrote:… read more

Love in a Big World: 13 Reasons Why

By Tamara Fyke
Update from last week: I watched the final episode of 13 Reasons Why two nights ago. During my binge watching of the show, comments from my daughter included “Tell me where… read more

Urban farming

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
Urban farming on the increase Carolyn Leadley grows produce on a one-fifth-acre plot in the Poletown neighborhood of Detroit. In a small greenhouse in her yard, she grows sprouts, … read more

Testing the spirits: How much unity in diversity?

By Drew McIntyre
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. We declare to you what we … read more

Where are we now?

By Chris Ritter
The long-awaited Judicial Council ruling related to Bishop Oliveto has arrived. As I expected, the decision leaves her in office. Our highest court is loathe to take on duties… read more

Your structure can impede your progress

By Ron Edmondson
Whenever I post about how structure can get in the way of progress I hear from people who remind me we need structure to prevent organizational chaos. And I agree. I also learn… read more

Only a mom

By David Staal
A unique love exists that only a mom can deliver. Not a love that is said; a love that happens. Notice it, and you’ll wonder if a divine moment just took place. My daughter… read more

Getting to your NEXT

By Mike Slaughter
Eight weeks from now, I will preach my last message as lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church. As one of the earliest United Methodist megachurches to experience a senior pastor… read more

Consecration of gay bishop against church law

By Linda Bloom / United Methodist News Service
NEWARK, N.J. (UMNS) The consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, the top court of The United Methodist Church has ruled. However, the bishop “remains in good… read more

ReClaimed: A Gathering Place with Rudy Rasmus (Part 2)

By ReClaimed Podcast
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Rudy Rasmus to hear his incredible story, how he moved from marginal lifestyle to beloved pastor and community leader, and how he… read more

How we got to where we are: A brief overview of United Methodism in 2017

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
Note: For those who want to dive in deeply into what is happening in United Methodism in the present moment, I recommend the abundance of statements and interpretations that are… read more

Why is schism such a dirty word?

By Shane Raynor
It was announced earlier this week by the United Methodist Council of Bishops that there will be a special General Conference in 2019. This one will be limited to dealing with a… read more
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