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Wes Magruder

Raising Down Leaders

A news article describing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the "Christian candidate" in the 2016 presidential race prompted the Rev. Wes Magruder to ponder the evangelical/charismatic code phrase "raising up leaders" as the opposite of what Jesus did. more »

Apr 13, 2015 11:33 AM Wes Magruder 1 Comments

Raising Down Leaders

A news article describing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the "Christian candidate" in the 2016 presidential race prompted the Rev. Wes Magruder to ponder the evangelical/charismatic code phrase "raising up leaders" as the opposite of what Jesus did. more »

Apr 13, 2015 11:33 AM Wes Magruder 1 Comments

Food Pantries and Band-Aids

The food pantries that United Methodist congregations so love may fill an immediate need, but they're not addressing the root problems of hunger and poverty, contends the Rev. Wes Magruder. more »

Mar 29, 2013 7:23 PM Wes Magruder 3 Comments

Why Gays Should Be Glad Church Isn’t Safe

Any church that bears the name “United Methodist” automatically feels unsafe to homosexual persons because of the church's anti-gay stances. However, gathering is community is risky for everyone, writes the Rev. Wes Magruder. more »

Dec 11, 2012 7:45 PM Wes Magruder 1 Comments

And Are We Yet Connected?

Surely being “connectional” means something deeper and more significant than an organizational model and an administrative style, argues the Rev. Wes Magruder. more »

Oct 30, 2012 11:40 AM Wes Magruder

Changing the Methodist Narrative

We need to stop talking about the "dying" United Methodist Church and talk about where our loving God is at work in the world, and where we should be, writes the Rev. Wes Magruder. more »

Oct 5, 2012 1:17 PM Wes Magruder 3 Comments

'Methodist:' Noun or Adjective?

The Rev. Wes Magruder asserts that today's United Methodist Church more closely resembles John Wesley's Church of England that his Methodist movement -- and likewise needs a new form of discipleship. more »

Jul 2, 2012 8:46 PM Wes Magruder

Discipleship Drift, or Why John Wesley Won’t Let Me Leave the UMC

On his revived blog, "The New MethoFesto," the Rev. Wes Magruder candidly examines the culture shock of returning to a drifting American United Methodist Church after years as a missionary in Cameroon, and why he stayed. more »

Jul 2, 2012 7:42 PM Wes Magruder 1 Comments

You Can Leave the Church, But You Can't Leave Community

The Rev. Wes Magruder looks at the question of whether a true follower of Jesus Christ can actually leave the church. more »

May 30, 2012 12:02 PM Wes Magruder