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Drew B. McIntyre

Medieval Torture

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton analyzes the opposing perspectives of two Southeastern Jurisdiction clergyman on the tasks of a United Methodist bishop. more

Finance and Administration

Mikita signing

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The Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a United Methodist clergyman with long experience in advocating church law, examines the decisions in the case of Ginny Mikita and finds epic failure all around--and a conundrum for The United Methodist Church as a whole. more

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Bees

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Both Christian teaching and Wesleyan tradition should compel United Methodists to defy polarizing labels and seek reconciliation, writes the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre. more

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Two-Face

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In the wake of contentious delegate elections, the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre examines one organization, UM Centrist Movement, and the urgency for unity. more

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Aurelia

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre reflects on the "malformed, schismatic Eucharist" at the 2012 General Conference that spurred him to embark upon his efforts to promote unity in The United Methodist Church. more

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Gift of Love

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Taking another's pain into ourselves, even when we differ sharply in our views, may offer the best way for the bond of baptism to help United Methodists avoid dehumanizing one another, writes Cynthia B. Astle more

Views from a Ridge

Wesleyan Quadrilateral

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United Methodist layman Philip Brooks makes the case that the theological method we call the Wesleyan Quadrilateral is one of Methodism's greatest gifts to Christian thought and practice. more

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General Societies

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre sees the clarification of United Methodist doctrine – what we believe and why – as a primary tool to restore church vitality. more

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Eggshell

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As discussions around breaking up The United Methodist Church over acceptance of homosexuality, the Rev. Drew McIntyre poses a check-up for those who say they'll leave. more

Advocating Justice 3 Comments

Wolf pack

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For all its gifts at keeping believers connected, participating in online Christian exchange without being grounded in a local church holds tremendous personal and social peril, writes the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre. more

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Asbury Horse

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre argues that it's time for the UMC to give its longstanding tradition of moving pastors annually in favor of a longer-term pastoral appointment system. more

Ordained Ministry

Bees

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Both Christian teaching and Wesleyan tradition should compel United Methodists to defy polarizing labels and seek reconciliation, writes the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre. more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Tin Can Phone

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His experience at this year's Western North Carolina Annual Conference prompts the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre to examine how avoiding the conversation on controversial topics doesn't lead to resolving the issues. more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Two-Face

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In the wake of contentious delegate elections, the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre examines one organization, UM Centrist Movement, and the urgency for unity. more

Perspectives

Aurelia

UM Insight Screencap

The Rev. Drew McIntyre reflects on the "malformed, schismatic Eucharist" at the 2012 General Conference that spurred him to embark upon his efforts to promote unity in The United Methodist Church. more

Perspectives

General Societies

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre sees the clarification of United Methodist doctrine – what we believe and why – as a primary tool to restore church vitality. more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Eggshell

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As discussions around breaking up The United Methodist Church over acceptance of homosexuality, the Rev. Drew McIntyre poses a check-up for those who say they'll leave. more

Advocating Justice 3 Comments

Wolf pack

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For all its gifts at keeping believers connected, participating in online Christian exchange without being grounded in a local church holds tremendous personal and social peril, writes the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre. more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Asbury Horse

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre argues that it's time for the UMC to give its longstanding tradition of moving pastors annually in favor of a longer-term pastoral appointment system. more

Ordained Ministry

John Wesley Oval

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Creeds are a point of contention among Christians, but John Wesley came mighty close to creating one, writes the Rev. Drew McIntyre. more

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Swing

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Its "big tent" of competing interests actually weakens The United Methodist Church's institution by drawing it away from what should be its center -- Jesus Christ, writes the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre. more

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Christians are meant to read and interpret the Holy Bible in a community of faith so that they aren't led astray by their own agendas, writes the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre. more

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Bullshit Meter

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The Rev. Drew B. McIntyre takes strong objection to recent administrative decisions regarding clergy who have performed same-sex marriages more

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre explains why United Methodists believe that baptism is a one-time act in which the focus is God's action, not human response. more

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Covenant Meme

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre writes that United Methodists should adopt the hardline reaction of a Texas presbytery, which has defrocked a pastor who led his church to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA). more

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre reviews the book "Generous Spaciousness" by Wendy VanderWall-Gritter, who explores the church conversation about homosexuality. more

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Seppuku

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre looks for Jesus in the debates roiling The United Methodist Church. more

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A small book written decades ago by theologian Albert C. Outler sparks the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre to ponder what genuinely loving one's neighbor would do for the church. more

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A proposal from the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference to hand out communion at train stations has the Rev. Drew McIntyre countering with ideas that don't violate United Methodist doctrines. more

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Hadrian's Wall

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre questions what he considers shock tactics on the part of progressive forces as well as traditionalists who threaten schism. more

Advocating Justice

As the conflicts in The United Methodist Church roll on, the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre counsels applying the wisdom of a Christian spiritual classic favored by John Wesley. more

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