The Kingdom of God Depends Not on Talk, But on Power

United Methodist layman Geoffrey Kruse-Safford wants the conversation about the UMC to shift from debating the rules to discussing how to bring about God's kingdom on earth. more »

Oct 24, 2014 Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

The communion table during a prayer vigil for the Rev. Frank Schaefer prior to the Judicial Council meeting Oct. 21.

Photo Courtesy of Rev. Vicki Flippen

Trials and Tribulations

Attacks on LGBTQ people show the links between the church and violence, as the Rev. Frank Schaefer, now on trial again for officiating at his gay son's marriage, understood, writes the Rev. Vicki Flippin. more »

Oct 24, 2014 Human Sexuality

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Refusing Both Options: Scripture and the Via Media

Taking his cues from scholars Walter Bruggemann and Stanley Hauerwas, the Rev. Drew McIntyre contends that "literalist" and "progressive" interpretations of scripture are two sides of the same coin. more »

Oct 24, 2014 Perspectives

Stan Horwood stands next to a picture of himself and his wife, Elizabeth, in whose memory he has donated $1 million for ministerial scholarships in the Rio Texas Annual Conference.

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Texas Churchman Donates $1 Million for Seminary Scholarships

United Methodist layman Stan Horwood, a Texas rancher, has donated $1 million for Rio Texas Conference students to attend two seminaries. more »

Oct 24, 2014 Ordained Ministry

Why the UMC is Such a Dismal Failure at Church Planting #UMC

A near-perfect worship experience brings the Rev. Christy Thomas some insights about the UMC's efforts to start and sustain churches. more »

Oct 23, 2014 Local Church

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