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Overused Words That No One Really Understands, No. 1: Community

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford makes the case that certain church buzzwords are frequently used without true understanding of their meaning. Read more

May 6, 2015 5:47 PM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

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Wallow'd in a Score

Of all the faults of today's Church, fear is the one that Geoffrey Kruse-Safford wishes most it would replace with courage, for the sake of individual Christians and for the world at large. Read more

Mar 6, 2015 9:58 AM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

The Kingdom of God Depends Not on Talk, But on Power

United Methodist layman Geoffrey Kruse-Safford wants the conversation about the UMC to shift from debating the rules to discussing how to bring about God's kingdom on earth. Read more

Oct 24, 2014 12:43 PM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

The Tone And Argument Police Have No Idea

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford rebuts recent arguments by the Rev. Stephen Rankin and Dr. David Watson about how United Methodists should engage in online discussion of issues facing the church. Read more

Oct 11, 2014 12:24 PM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford 2 Comments

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'I'm Going to Make Stuff Up and Say That's Why the UMC Is in So Much Trouble'

United Methodist layman Geoffrey Kruse-Safford critiques the recent assertion of the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre that Progressive Christianity is the cause of The United Methodist Church's decline. Read more

Sep 11, 2014 10:18 AM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford 13 Comments

I Guess I Might Be a Heretic

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford comes across a couple of blog writers whose assertions about Christian faith make him wonder if his own beliefs would pass muster. Read more

Jun 20, 2014 11:13 AM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

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Why I Don't Believe There Will Be a UMC Schism

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford finds that property, money, numbers, and oh, yes, the Spirit of the Living God, stand in the way of breaking up The United Methodist Church. Read more

Jun 4, 2014 9:48 AM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford 2 Comments

It's About God and God's Glory

Revised Common Lectionary readings for May 18 help Geoffrey Kruse-Safford identify one of United Methodism's major flaws: We've forgotten that it's all about God, not about us. Read more

May 17, 2014 10:26 AM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

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Love Is from God

United Methodist layman Geoffrey Kruse-Safford compares the denomination's stance against homosexual practice with scripture defining love as a gift from God. Read more

Apr 28, 2014 2:38 PM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford 2 Comments

To The Schismatics: Put Up Or Shut Up

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford finds the current rumbles from conservatives about breaking apart The United Methodist Church over LGBT inclusion to be outworn threats that ignore reality. Read more

Apr 17, 2014 4:32 PM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford 18 Comments

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Always Some Good

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford pays tribute to the first responders who this week showed us all what real courage looks like in the face of disaster. Read more

Apr 18, 2013 8:04 AM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

It Isn't About the Church, Either

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford takes a different tack on the Judicial Council decision upholding guaranteed appointment for United Methodist ordained elders: It's God's doing, not that of the church. Read more

Oct 31, 2012 7:33 AM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

The World


The Transformation of the World

Transforming the world isn't about political or social or economic programs, writes Geoffrey Kruse-Safford. It's about making clear and visible those seeming little moments of loving God and our neighbors in real life. Read more

Oct 1, 2012 4:44 PM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

This Is What Incarnation Means

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford makes a short but potent statement on the nature of authentic Christianity. Read more

Jul 11, 2012 11:05 AM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

You Keep Using That Word

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford takes on the arguments and assumptions of the Confessing Movement regarding The United Methodist Church's future. Read more

Jun 29, 2012 2:13 PM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

Take Me to the River

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford finds that fear is holding back The United Methodist Church from plunging headlong into the waters of life and trusting God for the outcome. Read more

Jun 29, 2012 2:12 PM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

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They Will Know We Are Christians By Our . . .

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford ponders whether Christians recognize how negatively they're viewed by younger generations, and what they can do about it. Read more

Jun 26, 2012 11:32 AM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford