By Joseph Yoo
I’ve come a long way in my faith and my beliefs since high school. I was heavily influenced by the conservative, immigrant fundamental-esque beliefs. I no longer think… read more

Let's talk about sex #UMC

By Christy Thomas
An article in the New York Times recently caught my eye. Titled “Let’s Not Talk About Sex,” it is written by Paul A. Offit, a professor of pediatrics and… read more

Jesus and the gossip column

By Tom Fuerst
Certainly, the Bible and the stories it records are more complex than “literal” history, in a fundamentalist Christian sense of “literal.” And certainly… read more

What did God mean? (Talking Scripture with Paul)

By Clifton Stringer
Stanley Hauerwas, the great Methodist theologian, used to tell his students a story about the time St. Paul visited the Vatican. It went something like this. One day recently at… read more

Identity and faith

By Jill M. Johnson
“Who am I?” For a recent sermon series, our church gave away copies of a book that claims to help us understand our purpose and why we are here. The books “flew… read more

The story through Mary's eyes

By Adam Hamilton
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace. ¹… read more

Journal your thoughts

By Barbara Bruce
The practice of journaling has been around for hundreds of years. Kings and presidents and leaders of all sorts practiced this art and many of their musings are archived as… read more

The living word and community renewal

By Roy I. Sano
A Personal Testimony Five hundred people were scheduled to come to San Francisco, California, for the 1980 National Convocation of Asian American United Methodists. Three of us… read more

As an artist

By Cary Gibson
As an artist, I find there is a physicality to the Gospel of Mark that connects with the physical act of making art. It’s a text that seems well suited to a creative… read more

What's your story?

By Andrea Murdock
Life Without Memory We all know the struggle and pain of people who live with Alzheimer’s. They lose their short-term memory—their ability to put the pieces of their… read more

Does Romans 9-11 teach Calvinist predestination?

By Ben Witherington
Does Romans 9-11 teach Calvinist predestination? Ben Witherington explains that Paul's aim is to refute the idea that God now favored the Romans, or Gentiles, rather than the… read more

Is James Foley a martyr? Brutal death sparks faith-based debate

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s… read more
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