John Wesley's rule of life

By Clifton Stringer
John Wesley is a saint. He wasn't sinless, though I think he is now. He lived life in the throes of God's grace to a degree and with a level of zeal that let him accomplish… read more

3 Keys to engaging millennials on your ministry team

By Jolene Cassellius Erlacher
“It was just very, very hard at times,” Sean said of his first ministry position. “Pastor and I didn’t always see eye to eye, and we didn’t always… read more

Bible in the public schools: What text?

By Ed Trimmer
So my 16-year-old stepdaughter signed up for a Bible class in high school as an elective thinking I’m sure, easy A with both her mom and stepdad being preachers. As most of… read more

Gay marriage supporters’ string of court victories broken in Louisiana

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
(RNS) The legal winning streak for same-sex marriage is over. A federal judge in Louisiana upheld that state’s prohibition on gay marriage Wednesday (Sept. 3) and belittled… read more

Bible Study: Week of October 5, 2014

By Keeping Holy Time
Old Testament: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 The centrality of today’s Old Testament lection to the identity and self-understanding of God’s people—Jewish and… read more

When every day is Disneyland

By Craig Kennet Miller
I wonder what my son’s life will be like when he is my age. His childhood is already vastly different than mine was. I grew up with Mickey Mouse, Superman, and Batman… read more

Non-negotiables

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
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