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Playground Sand Pit

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Playgrounds and Country Clubs offer insights into the centered and bounded sets of Christianity, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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How did a $7 million dollar congregation leave The United Methodist Church by only paying $69,000? The deal is just absurd, contends the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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While deploring cultural accommodation, the Wesleyan Covenant Association has embraced some of the worst aspects of American culture, contends the Rev. Jeremy Smith. This week: hypocrisy. more

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Oliveto Prayer

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes the long-term impact of the Judicial Council ruling on the Western Jurisdiction's election of Rev. Karen Oliveto as bishop. more

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Injustice Scales

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The denomination’s Supreme Court could violate one of Methodism’s core principles in order to throw out a gay bishop, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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The Empire is obsessed with names and uses them to legitimize all forms of brutality, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith in a Christian critique of recent U.S. foreign policy actions. more

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Race and Ethnicity

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A recent hit piece Good News had on racial analysis reveals a lot about how data is twisted to promote self-serving narratives. more

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

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Two Clocks

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Are we playing dirty or abiding in prayer in this interim time, while we await the results of the Commission on a Way Forward? asks the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Money and Time

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What does the current U.S. administration’s budget mean for people of faith? asks the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Online diploma

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After observing academics in their natural habitat, the struggle between academics and online communities became more clear, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Old TV

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For a caucus that claims majority appeal, money, and momentum, why does the Wesleyan Covenant Association share falsehoods instead of naming and claiming what they are really about? more

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Car Steering Wheel

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith offers three ways for Christians to cope with difficulty in the world around us. more

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Church politics, economics, and leverage paint a rather dramatic picture of this moment playing out in Mississippi, America, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Broken Cross & Flame

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News that two congregations in Mississippi have applied to leave The United Methodist Church prompts the Rev. Jeremy Smith to examine who really will be harmed by the congregations' departure. It's not who you may think. more

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Free BOD

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For six years, one of the Rev. Jeremy Smith's projects in The United Methodist Church has been to free our doctrine, polity, and social statements from their paywalls. Recently, the project took two steps forward … and one step back. more

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Newsies

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For almost 100 years, Methodists have believed in Fake News that has not stood the test of time, and it's past time to uncover the truth, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Independence Day

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Progressive America – including progressive Christians – aren't going simply to fade away under the new administration that came into office on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2017, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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As the inauguration of Donald Trump nears, the Rev. Jeremy Smith ponders Professional Wrestling, Confirmation hearings, ethics disclosures, and how politics can poison the well of the Church. more

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Frozen Portland

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In the aftermath of a major winter storm, the Rev. Jeremy Smith reflects on replacing a sense of isolation with one of camaraderie on a snow day – and in seeking justice. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith predicts that the UMC, like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did in 2018, will have to break up with the Boy Scouts of America if the punitive Traditional Plan is adopted by the 2019 General Conference. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith gives a nuanced explanation of the stages from LGBTQ+ exclusion to full inclusion in church. more

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Don't be fooled by the Wesleyan Covenant Association's announcement about making a "new Methodist movement," because its real goal is the takeover of The United Methodist Church, warns the Rev. Jeremy Smith more

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The Traditionalist Plan still threatens The United Methodist Church because the Judicial Council has given its supporters word-for-word corrections to make it constitutional, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith looks at the actions the United Methodist Judicial Council is most likely to take regarding the Way Forward proposals. more

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A recent poll showed that a majority of white evangelical Christian respondents believed that verified sexual assault shouldn't disqualify someone from public office – a disturbing finding, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Even with a clever name change to market the plan better, what has been known as the "Traditionalist" Plan is what the UMC lives with now, says the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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John Wesley Stained Glass

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Once again, the Rev. Jeremy Smith digs down through Wesleyan legends to find out the truth behind another myth about John Wesley. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith likens the backlash against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape, to the biblical story of the stoning of Stephen. more

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Social justice isn't heresy, it's God's will, says a new statement drafted by 35 Asian-American Christians whose stancs the Rev. Jeremy Smith finds consistent with Jesus' gospel. more

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Petitions from alumnae of UMC-related United Theological Seminary, and UMC-approved Asbury Theological Seminary, repudiate the Wesleyan Covenant Association and support the work of the Way Forward commission, reports the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith finds much value in a new book of clergywomen's devotions, along with a flaw that the book's creators acknowledge they're trying to address. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith shares three misleading claims in a book written by leaders of the traditionalist movement that a United Methodistt Sunday School class identified while studying the book. more

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Metaphors drawn from human relationships give a better picture of the current state of The United Methodist Church and prospects for its future, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Using the marketing skills of its leadership, the Wesleyan Covenant Association has mounted a campaign in support of the Traditionalist Plan that deflects attention from its true purpose – the dissolution of the UMC, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

A Way Forward 5 Comments

The Rev. Jeremy Smith outlines and analyzes the extreme control and punitive measures contained in the Traditionalist plan of the report from the Commission on A Way Forward. more

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Although derided by traditionalists as "the progressive plan," the One Church model recommended by the Way Forward Commission is far from progressive, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith in the second of a four-part series examining the commission's report. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith begins a four-part series examining the models of the Way Forward Commission's report with an analysis of the most schismatic version: the Connectional Conferences plan. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith summarizes the current political state of The United Methodist Church with an eye toward the "endgame" of the 2019 special General Conference. more

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