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The new cycle of the Common Lectionary, Year A, focuses on biblical passages that encounter followers of Jesus to resist the temptations of the surrounding empire, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith traces the history of conservative forces in The United Methodist Church that have led to the creation of the schismatic Wesleyan Covenant Association. Read more

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The Judicial Council had the opportunity to help clarify questions before the delegates and the institutions about accountability processes, annual conferences trying to leave the denomination, and Traditional Plan challenges ... and it failed. Read more

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If United Methodism can be likened to a Big Boat, then it's time for the crew – the general agencies – to pitch in with ideas on how to fix the leaks rather than pulling out planks, asserts the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Removing works by controversial fundamentalist John MacArthur gives the United Methodist Publishing House's Cokesbury retail arm a chance to clean out other questionable authors, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Looking at the newly revealed General Conference 2020 logo, the Rev. Jeremy Smith finds it doesn't reflect the reality of the UMC. Read more

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association's endorsement of the Indianapolis Plan gets "Star Wars" scrutiny from the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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What's stopping church outreach and social service agencies from offering healthy vegetarian meals through their feeding programs, asks the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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An earthenware cup convinces the Rev. Jeremy Smith that the United Methodism Church would be "befuddled" if it were to accept the idea that its three units are not connected to one another. Read more

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There will be many twists and turns in the path to a future for United Methodism – even if the various parties involved can agree on one path, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Whether one favors any of the current future proposals, there's still time to shape the church through different legislation, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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New revelations of vote tampering at the 2019 General Conference prompt the Rev. Jeremy Smith to call once more for auditing annual conference membership counts. Read more

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Money and Time

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Dissolving the UMC from the top down would cost millions in accountants' and legal fees, but setting it free from the bottom up would allow new networks to form with assets for ministry still intact, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith argues against the California-Nevada Conference's stance advising against disaffiliation and/or withholding apportionments to resist the Traditional Plan. Read more

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United Methodist Women's support of organizations that help gay youths should be commended and backed by all church members, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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With the help of a Virginia clergy colleague, the Rev. Jeremy Smith finds unsavory, if not downright unethical, connections between an independent church plant and the Wesleyan Covenant Association. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith shares guidelines developed by the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference on how to actively resist the Traditional Plan. Read more

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Annual Conferences that haven’t seen a progressive delegate to General Conference since FOREVER are sending half or more of their delegations from the progressive/centrist coalition. The Rev. Jeremy Smith plumbs its meaning. Read more

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Surveys and discussion group results in the Western Jurisdiction are showing some pathways that could help The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Playground Sand Pit

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Playgrounds and Country Clubs offer insights into the centered and bounded sets of Christianity, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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How did a $7 million dollar congregation leave The United Methodist Church by only paying $69,000? The deal is just absurd, contends the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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While deploring cultural accommodation, the Wesleyan Covenant Association has embraced some of the worst aspects of American culture, contends the Rev. Jeremy Smith. This week: hypocrisy. Read more

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Oliveto Prayer

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes the long-term impact of the Judicial Council ruling on the Western Jurisdiction's election of Rev. Karen Oliveto as bishop. Read more

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Injustice Scales

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The denomination’s Supreme Court could violate one of Methodism’s core principles in order to throw out a gay bishop, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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The Empire is obsessed with names and uses them to legitimize all forms of brutality, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith in a Christian critique of recent U.S. foreign policy actions. Read more

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Race and Ethnicity

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A recent hit piece Good News had on racial analysis reveals a lot about how data is twisted to promote self-serving narratives. Read more

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Wesleyanism is two things, not one, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith, and those two characteristics are often at odds with one another. Read more

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Two Clocks

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Are we playing dirty or abiding in prayer in this interim time, while we await the results of the Commission on a Way Forward? asks the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Money and Time

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What does the current U.S. administration’s budget mean for people of faith? asks the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Online diploma

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After observing academics in their natural habitat, the struggle between academics and online communities became more clear, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Old TV

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For a caucus that claims majority appeal, money, and momentum, why does the Wesleyan Covenant Association share falsehoods instead of naming and claiming what they are really about? Read more

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Car Steering Wheel

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith offers three ways for Christians to cope with difficulty in the world around us. Read more

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Church politics, economics, and leverage paint a rather dramatic picture of this moment playing out in Mississippi, America, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Broken Cross & Flame

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News that two congregations in Mississippi have applied to leave The United Methodist Church prompts the Rev. Jeremy Smith to examine who really will be harmed by the congregations' departure. It's not who you may think. Read more

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Free BOD

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For six years, one of the Rev. Jeremy Smith's projects in The United Methodist Church has been to free our doctrine, polity, and social statements from their paywalls. Recently, the project took two steps forward … and one step back. Read more

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Newsies

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For almost 100 years, Methodists have believed in Fake News that has not stood the test of time, and it's past time to uncover the truth, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Independence Day

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Progressive America – including progressive Christians – aren't going simply to fade away under the new administration that came into office on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2017, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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As the inauguration of Donald Trump nears, the Rev. Jeremy Smith ponders Professional Wrestling, Confirmation hearings, ethics disclosures, and how politics can poison the well of the Church. Read more

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Frozen Portland

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In the aftermath of a major winter storm, the Rev. Jeremy Smith reflects on replacing a sense of isolation with one of camaraderie on a snow day – and in seeking justice. Read more

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