Religious freedom: From what? For what?

By Kira Schlesinger
When Peter and the apostles were brought before the council in Jerusalem for questioning as to why they continued to teach and preach the gospel, they answered, “We must… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Loss of faith, pantheist or panentheist?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: In response to recent events in the world, particularly the bigotry and hate that have infected American politics, I have found myself quoting Scripture… read more

When religion makes people worse

By David Gushee / Religion News Service
(RNS) Religion can do a great job helping believers discern right from wrong. Religion can help believers relate kindly and justly to other people. And religion can stiffen the… read more

The United Methodist Church as a witness and servant to the world

By Roger E. Olson
A few years ago I was discipling a young man toward Christian ministry. He was on the cusp of graduating from the Baptist university where I teach—with a bachelor’s… read more

Bishop Tom Bickerton: 'What are we fighting for?'

By Shane Raynor
In early December I visited with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton on the set here in Nashville where he was filming sessions for the DVD accompanying his new book What Are We Fighting… read more

Segregating ourselves

By Mike Slaughter
America is increasingly becoming a nation of great divides. We remain far too divided in terms of race relationships decades after the passage of the civil rights agreement… read more

Faith leaders ask candidates to give poor 'living wage'

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) On the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., dozens of faith leaders are calling for the U.S. presidential candidates to include a… read more

Treasure hidden in a field

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
"So what do you think will happen at the General Conference?” I’m often asked that question. Underneath are a variety of unspoken emotions: fear, anxiety, sadness… read more

Found people find people

By Jim Cowart
That’s what we do. We need to find “lost stuff,” don’t we? Lost objects have an important place on our radar: lost remote controls, keys, glasses… read more

Racial justice: A new movement

By Hannah Adair Bonner
As the Movement for Black Lives erupted from Ferguson, Missouri, and swept across the world, it expressed a sentiment that is consistent with our United Methodist theology and… read more

Is The United Methodist Church's mission statement really Methodist?

By Christian Alsted
This article is an excerpt from Alsted's essay “Evangelism and Prevenient Grace in the 21st Century.” The essay appears in the journal Nordic Perspectives on… read more

A unique and contextual identity

By Meeli Tankler
This article is based on Tankler's DMin thesis from Asbury Theological Seminary, the research for which also appeared in the journal Nordic Perspectives on Methodism. The… read more
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