In pure Southern cookin' fashion, the Wesley Bros. explain John's Three General Rules for today's United Methodists. more

Oct 5, 2017 3:07 PM Practicing Faith

Loving Neighbor

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Scholar David N. Field contends that theological diversity poses no threat to the core of Methodism, which proclaims the radical transforming grace of God that enables us to love God and our neighbors. more

Jul 10, 2017 5:03 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that God doesn't treat us as we fairly deserve, but out of the merciful, endless abundance of God's love, writes the Rev. Richard Bryant. more

Apr 27, 2017 3:02 PM Practicing Faith

Wesleyanism is two things, not one, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith, and those two characteristics are often at odds with one another. more

Mar 28, 2017 5:16 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Loving God

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton lays out three distinctive traits that mark the Wesleyan understanding of God and God's action in the lives of people. more

May 19, 2016 12:19 PM 2016 General Conference 2 Comments

The homespun tales of Lake Woebegone hold lessons in grace that delegates to the 2016 General Conference would do well to heed, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Apr 14, 2016 4:20 PM Views from a Ridge

Philly Frank

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The story behind Pope Francis' impromptu embrace of a 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy holds an urgent parallel for The United Methodist Church in the midst of its current conflicts, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. more

Oct 15, 2015 6:00 PM Christy Thomas

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith explores the reasons behind statistics that only 53 percent of United Methodists say they believe in a foundational Wesleyan doctrine -- that God's grace is available to all people. more

Sep 18, 2015 6:46 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Despite our self-made, pull-ourselves-up-by-the-bootstraps society, everything in life, including life itself, is a gift from God that no one can earn, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Aug 28, 2015 12:14 PM Practicing Faith


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The speed of social media makes it difficult to take back sharp or shameful words, and leaves no room for grace, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Aug 20, 2015 12:02 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments


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The sight of mowed wildflowers prompts Cynthia B. Astle to ponder whether the time has come for The United Methodist Church to fade away. more

Aug 6, 2015 3:03 PM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

In a study commissioned by United Methodist Communications, church roles affect people's perceptions of what it means to be United Methodist. more

Jun 5, 2015 7:10 PM Local Church

A hair-raising survival of an airplane that skidded off a runway prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas to ponder the grace that surpasses all fear. more

Mar 5, 2015 6:28 PM Christy Thomas

A Beatles' song and plenty of common wisdom pose a critical question about how to live our lives with compassion, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

Jan 29, 2015 7:28 AM Perspectives

United Methodist missions executive Thomas Kemper summarizes findings from the UM & Global series "Grace Upon Grace," featuring commentary on United Methodism's official mission theology statement. more

Oct 30, 2014 4:04 PM Global Nature

Fred Phelps

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As vile as many found Fred Phelps and his homophobic hatred, he is still someone for whom God's grace through Jesus Christ is offered and we shouldn't gloat at his death, writes the Rev. Brad Smith. more

Mar 20, 2014 3:22 PM Perspectives 3 Comments

Luc and John

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Do We Still Have Room for John Wesley in United Methodism?

The world still needs John Wesley's theology of God's grace to bring us to heaven on Earth and in eternity, writes the Rev. John Meunier. more

Feb 5, 2014 11:35 AM John Meunier

Christmas Nails

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Small moments of grace between two people may be all that we can expect, but they are more important than we might first recognize, writes the Rev. Laura Felleman. more

Dec 18, 2013 11:12 AM Perspectives

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Grace-free Living

How do we treat one another in the church when we disagree? The Rev. Dan R. Dick explores the implications of two conversations overhead recently in United Methodist churches. more

Nov 1, 2013 7:49 AM Dan R. Dick 2 Comments

Inclusion Attempted

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The parallels between the recent performance of the U.S. Congress and the 2012 General Conference delegate are eerie and disquieting. What can we expect for the UMC's 2016 global legislature? more

Oct 18, 2013 6:17 PM Views from a Ridge 4 Comments