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Stephen W. Rankin

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

Sep 19, 2015 8:34 PM Perspectives 8 Comments

Greer UMC Creed

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Following a recent online discussion about creeds and United Methodist, the Rev. Stephen Rankin plumbs church history to show how creeds can benefit The United Methodist Church. more

Apr 17, 2015 10:41 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

After reading the United Methodist Centrist Movement's complaints about being left out of the denomination's conversations on its future, the Rev. Stephen W. Rankin takes a hard look at how the Ohio-based group defines itself and its purposes. more

May 6, 2015 5:44 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Greer UMC Creed

UM Insight Screencap

Following a recent online discussion about creeds and United Methodist, the Rev. Stephen Rankin plumbs church history to show how creeds can benefit The United Methodist Church. more

Apr 17, 2015 10:41 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

The Rev. Stephen Rankin argues that recent posts in the United Methodist blogosphere show the kind of "bad thinking" that needs to be avoided in the ongoing conversation about the church's future. more

Oct 10, 2014 11:51 AM Perspectives

IAMSCU 2014

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The Rev. Stephen W. Rankin examines what might be involved to establish a genuinely Christian vision for schools officially related to The United Methodist Church. more

Jul 2, 2014 4:40 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Reluctantly, the Rev. Stephen Rankin weighs in on the current schism debate, finding that the Hamilton-Slaughter proposal, "A Way Forward," really doesn't represent the "Methodist middle" as well as it claims. more

Jun 11, 2014 11:38 AM

The Rev. Stephen W. Rankin, chaplain at Southern Methodist University, offers guidelines for how Christians can demonstrate their faith in an increasingly diverse American society. more

Jan 15, 2013 2:17 PM Perspectives