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Where Is the Loyal Opposition in the UMC?

The United Methodist Church needs a "loyal opposition" that loves the denomination passionately enough to want to reform its faults and failures, writes the Rev. Drew McIntyre.

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UMC Conflict and Global Mission

Dr. Hendrik Pieterse of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary examines the role of The United Methodist Church's mission document, "Grace Upon Grace," in the midst of its current conflicts. more »

Apr 17, 2014 by in Perspectives

The Rev. Jeremy Smith maps out some of the theories of atonement found in Christian theology over the centuries

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Holy Week Doesn't Have to Be About Atonement

Surprise! There's more than one theory of atonement in Christian theology, and that means there are different meanings to the significance of Holy Week, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more »

Apr 17, 2014 by in Jeremy Smith

To The Schismatics: Put Up Or Shut Up

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford finds the current rumbles from conservatives about breaking apart The United Methodist Church over LGBT inclusion to be outworn threats that ignore reality. more »

Apr 17, 2014 by in Geoffrey Kruse-Safford (5 Comments)

A portion of the prayer wall for LGBT inclusion at the 2012 General Conference.

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

The Church, Not the Bible, Determines Sin

In keeping with Jewish practice, Jesus conferred upon his disciples the power to "bind" and "loose" -- to interpret the application of scripture to life, which should encourage supports of LGBT inclusion, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more »

Apr 16, 2014 by in Jeremy Smith

Photo Courtesy of Drew McIntyre

Review: Seeing Black and White in a Gray World

Asbury seminary professor Bill Arnold's new book offers a counterpoint to Adam Hamilton's "seeing gray" perspective, but Arnold frequently embraces gray when it suits, writes the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre in his review. more »

Apr 16, 2014 by in Perspectives

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