Jen Hatmaker, LGBTQ and apostolicity

By Mark Tooley
Recently religion columnist Jonathan Merritt complained about the evangelical “aristocracy” disapproving popular blogger Jen Hatmaker, who is from an evangelical… read more

7 pieces of institutional clutter the UMC needs to leave behind

By Christy Thomas
I’m a sucker for the “25 things you need to get rid of” article. Clutter drives me crazy. I used to watch those hoarding TV shows. In so doing, I became aware of … read more

6 reasons why change is non-negotiable

By Mike Slaughter
My last weeks as lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church have been busy meeting both local and global responsibilities. Between managing writing deadlines, speaking engagements and a… read more

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
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