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A social media exchange between UM Insight and a previous contributor of conservative stance leads coordinator Cynthia B. Astle to ask for reader feedback. more

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Charles Moore Letter

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Despite his intentions and a horrific death, Rev. Charles Moore's sacrifice for racial and sexual justice does not qualify as martyrdom to scholar Joel L. Watts. more

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Scholar Joel L. Watts makes a case for trusting more in the Holy Spirit to guide the church and less in the extremes that seek to control it. more

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Jesus Watching

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Scholar Joel L. Watts outlines a way for mainline Protestant denominations to regain an effective prophetic witness to influence society's future. more

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John Wesley Profile

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Scholar Joel L. Watts thinks the current United Methodist denomination should dig more deeply into the two main branches of its heritage to reclaim clear statements of belief. more

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Assumption of the Virgin Mary

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Scholar Joel Watts finds lessons for the UMC in other denominations' struggle with the tensions of internal rebellion over doctrine. more

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Triumph of Faith over Idolatry

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Unlike critics at both ends of the theological spectrum, scholar Joel L. Watts finds that there is a strong middle whose existence is real and whose beliefs should be respected in the United Methodist unity/schism debate. more

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Scholar Joel L. Watts is dismayed at the proposals of Dr. David Watson and Rev. William Anderson for a "unified" United Methodist Church. more

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In a provocative argument, scholar Joel L. Watts contends that forming United Methodist doctrine is a task best left to the denomination's bishops and ordained clergy, without votes by laypeople. more

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John Wesley by Romney

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Scholar Joel L. Watts looks at John Wesley's high standards for holy conduct – and what Wesley did when his Methodists failed to live up to his standards. more

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Stay United

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Scholar Joel L. Watts stands in a place of tension, believing that The United Methodist Church should have both order and full inclusion of LGBT people. Here's how he would solve the current dilemma. more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

John Wesley by Romney

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Scholar Joel L. Watts thinks The United Methodist Church doesn't need "saving," but it does need reforming. Here's his proposal for how to go about it. more

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Bobblehead John Wesley

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Schismatic forces across the United Methodist connection have had the opposite effect from what they desired, judging by actions at this week's annual conference sessions, writes Joel L. Watts. more

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Scholar Joel L. Watts examines John Wesley's sermons -- considered foundational documents for The United Methodist Church -- to glean how Methodism's founder view finding "a middle way." more

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Joel L. Watts looks at one of the so-called progressive groups, Love Prevails, that he counts among the extremes agitating for splitting The United Methodist Church more

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John Wesley Profile

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Joel L. Watts skewers the recent announcement by a group of 80 pastors assembled by the conservative Good News caucus that it's time to break apart The United Methodist Church. more

In the Church 3 Comments

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The furor rolls on over Dr. Timothy Tennent's blog casting the United Methodist Church's conflict as a fight between orthodoxy and heterodoxy, as Joel L. Watts adds his perspective on authentic orthodox theology. more

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