5 ways ministry leaders start the journey to failure

By Ron Edmondson
One of the hardest things I do in ministry is interact with those who are no longer in ministry, but wish they were. They’ve been derailed. They messed up and either they… read more

Trump’s views on Islam 'continue to evolve,' says Secretary of State

By Gregory Korte / USA Today
JERUSALEM (USA Today) President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia this week has already begun to soften his attitudes about Islam, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday after a … read more

Points of order and parliamentary paralysis

By David F. Watson
Shortly after the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, I wrote a post called General Conference: Four Reflections. Recently that post popped up in my Facebook… read more

The megachurch infection

By Christy Thomas
The megachurch infection may lead to the eventual death of Christian connection, also known as the church. Let me explain. In 2014/2015, I did a series of “Mystery… read more

An angel named Jay

By Morgan Guyton
I met him in the lounge of what Tulane calls the O, where Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity are located. I had gone there to share… read more

The economics of choice: Christians, abortion, and justice

By Kira Schlesinger
In the wake of inter-Democratic Party arguments over the focus and future of the party, Bryce Covert published an op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Why Abortion is a… read more

Black clergy decry Trump policies as detrimental to African-Americans

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Black clergy, standing in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, declared that President Trump is not living up to his promise of being the “greatest… read more

Is there hope for a United Methodist Church?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
News flash! The orthodox wing of the United Methodist Church is not going away. In fact, it’ll likely get stronger. Likewise, the progressive wing of the United Methodist… read more

Left, right and center: Some misconceptions

By David F. Watson
I really have had no desire to re-enter public debate regarding the UMC. In fact, I have had a great desire not to do so. For the most part, I think the die has been cast. The… read more

Ruling on a gay bishop could be far reaching

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) The Judicial Council’s recent ruling against the consecration of a gay bishop likely has consequences for United Methodists far beyond one bishop. The United… read more

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
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