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Salvation tract

Photo Courtesy of Morgan Guyton

No, Heaven and Hell Are Not About Afterlife Insurance

Getting a tract about salvation prompts the Rev. Morgan Guyton to ponder the true nature of heaven and hell.

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Now that it has quite preaching about hell, just what does the church have to offer people, wonders the Rev. Christy Thomas. more »

Apr 21, 2016 6:03 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments

If United Methodists truly believe in God's power to reconcile and unite us, then breaking apart over issues around human sexuality is not an option, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more »

Apr 14, 2016 4:30 PM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Mike Tupper & Daughter

Photo Courtesy of Mike Tupper

Still camping out to protest The United Methodist Church's stances against homosexual practice, the Rev. Mike Tupper contends the proposed Covenantal Unity Plan would only worsen the UMC's "civil war." more »

Apr 14, 2016 4:21 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

BOD Cover

Photo Courtesy of James C. Howell

What if we viewed the Book of Discipline not as a set of laws to be enforced, but as a collection of ideas for further conversation? asks the Rev. Dr. James C. Howell. more »

Apr 14, 2016 4:21 PM Perspectives

 Notable Quotes


What the New Testament teaches us is that Jesus reached out to those who were considered the outcasts, the ones who did not conform to the religious societies’ view of the world…We do not have a belief, in my way of looking at religion, that says we have to discriminate against anybody. If you were to apply those standards to the teachings of Jesus, I don’t think they fit. - See more at: http://davidgushee.religionnews.com/2016/03/07/nathan-deal-ga-discrimination-lgbt/?email=one.scribe56%40gmail.com#sthash.npCFOd14.dpuf

"Where legalism dominated, many, many, Christians want a religion of grace, mercy, and freedom. ... If raised in legalism, anti-legalism looks really, really good. If raised in anti-legalism, sometimes a little bit of clarity and structure looks really, really good. And so it goes, in the legalism spiral that constantly churns in the world’s great religions."

– Baptist ethicist David Gushee, writing for Religion News Service


“I think as Christians, we’re called to higher standards than Robert’s Rules of Order. Christ calls the church to be witnesses and models of love and grace and Christ-like relationships.”

– The Rev. Andy Bryan, pastor of Campbell United Methodist Church in Campbell, MO, commenting in a United Methodist News Service article on the proposed alternative discernment process for the 2016 General Conference


 


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