Preaching in a Political Season

By Michael Williams
Several years ago, while I was serving a large suburban congregation, I preached a sermon on how the healing stories in the Gospels undergird a Christian understanding that… read more

From collusion to covenant: A meditation for United Methodists

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
United Methodists are joined together institutionally through conferencing, polity, symbols and financial resources. And yet in our unhealthy patterns of behavior we are also… read more

To vote or not to vote?

By James C. Howell
More than in any election in my lifetime, I’ve heard so many people say “I just can’t vote for Trump or Clinton.” Mind you, in 2012, 42% of Americans… read more

The morality of not voting

By Luke Davis Townsend
With Election Day fast approaching, get out the vote efforts are in full swing, many of which are aimed at or made by Christians. Insofar as these make the standard claims about… read more

Where God leads, United Methodists must follow

By M. Kathryn Armistead
The United Methodist Church is a movement built for mission, but our path is besieged by fighting and posturing. And get ready because the middle ground is being carved up too… read more

The unheard cry of the Levite concubine

By Kitty Taylor
I was introduced to the Revised Common Lectionary during my first semester of graduate studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. In a class titled “Art in the Christian… read more

The medium is the message: Unity, schism and The UMC

By Jonathan Marlowe
Here’s the problem with splitting up the United Methodist Church: the medium is the message. Those who are familiar with Marshall McLuhan will recognize his famous phrase… read more

On Haiti and getting nothing accomplished

By Sarah Howell
“What can you get accomplished in two days?” That question was posed to me by a church member the night before I left for Port-au-Prince, Haiti* with a team for a… read more

A view from above

By Mike Childress
Isaiah 2:1-5 This time of year is a real mixed bag. Advent and Christmas can be very difficult for some people. Depression and suicide increase more than any other time of year… read more

Why is immigration a Christian issue?

By James C. Howell
Nothing illustrates the inner conflicts Christians might experience, and the brutal truth that we live in a fallen world better, than the question of immigration. On the one hand, … read more

Niceness versus kindness

By Brent Lamberth
As is evident in most coffee shops across America, baristas are trained to offer polite conversation and care to customers while they simultaneously maintain a steady focus on… read more

The Trump effect, InterVarsity's purge and why some men don't like church

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of News and Religion, the panel and I discuss the "Trump effect" and the country's expectations for morality from politicians. We also talk about… read more
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