Wes Magruder

An Open Letter to Other Christians: Let's Show Muslims Some Love

The Rev. Wes Magruder calls Christians to focus on their own faithfulness to Jesus' command to welcome strangers in their relationships with Muslims. more »

Feb 3, 2015 5:21 PM Perspectives

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The End of the New MethoFesto — and a New Beginning

The Wes Magruder explains why he's abandoning his quest to offer suggestions for the future of the United Methodist institution, and turning instead to God's "new thing." more »

Jul 3, 2013 11:12 AM Wes Magruder

Delegate Kathleen Charles (right) of Sierra Leone looks through a copy of the Daily Christian Advocate during a briefing for Central Conference delegates to the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa,. At left is delegate Mariatu Finoh.

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What to Do About General Conference 2016

What if The United Methodist Church threw a General Conference that did no legislating? That's the Rev. Wes Magruder's radical idea. more »

Apr 1, 2013 4:34 PM Wes Magruder 3 Comments

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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

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Why I Doubt the UMC Can Handle Innovation

The Rev. Wes Magruder responds to the Rev. Rob Rynders' call for a season of innovation in The United Methodist Church. more »

Jan 2, 2013 2:26 PM Wes Magruder 1 Comments

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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

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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

What if we see these crumbling ruins as the building blocks of God's new thing?

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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

Holy Passion, or Why the UMC Needs to Rediscover 'Society'

John Wesley knew the value of a community of Christian friends to help believers live for Jesus -- something The United Methodist Church has forgotten, writes the Rev. Wes Magruder. more »

Jul 11, 2012 10:05 AM Wes Magruder

Laying the foundation stone of a Methodist church.

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Why Becoming a Church Was the Worst Thing That Could Have Happened to Methodism

The Rev. Wes Magruder explores how becoming a settled denomination killed the transformational energy of the Methodist movement. more »

Jul 11, 2012 8:13 AM Wes Magruder 1 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

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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

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Preaching Is Pointless Unless It's Political

The Rev. Wes Magruder explores why it's important for preachers to speak to today's issues -- including the Affordable Care Act -- through a gospel lens. more »

Jun 29, 2012 3:20 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