Theology isn't the fix we think it is for what ails the United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more


United Methodist differences over human sexuality may be better understood by whether we view our knowledge in the context of mastery that closes off inquiry or mystery that lives in ever-changing journey, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more


In another excerpt from his book, the Rev. Dr. Robert Haynes explains his vision for a Wesleyan theology to support short-term mission. Read more

Global Nature

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Beset by objections to an earlier column, the Rev. Morgan Guyton explains the crucial differences between democratized theology and a "theology of the demos," or mob. Read more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton recalls the significant impact of noted Christian author Rachel Held Evans, who died May 4 at age 37 after a short illness. Read more



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Christian knowledge, like scientific knowledge, is only successful when it engages with the public in continuous dialogue not dependent on belief as a prerequisite, writes Dr. Robert W. Hunt. Read more


Being beyond God is impossible, but it’s easier for us to ignore and avoid the presence of God, who is in both mundane and lofty aspects of life, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The idea that "salvation isn't just a cheesy Disneyland afterlife in the sky" forms one of the 10 principles that the Rev. Morgan Guyton says should guide the new Reformation. Read more

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As we celebrate Reformation 500, United Methodist layman Brian Snyder finds it's the relationship, not the identities, of the Trinity that offers a foundation for future Christian understanding. Read more


The process matters when it comes to making theological statements, but we don't seem to care about process, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Just like open source software that anyone can improve upon, United Methodist theology could benefit from being unleashed for common enhancement, writes Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Her grand-daughter's questions prompt the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas to ponder: How do we help our children escape those theological shallows and teach and model the reality of God? Read more

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The Rev. Laura Felleman doesn't fit in any of the classical "theological worlds," and yet she has found both her spiritual "obsession" and the "epiphany" that addresses it. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith examines recent changes among some groups in which scripture alone is no longer deemed sufficient for Christian belief, but must include ancient creeds and doctrines. Read more

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Definitions of "the church" range far and wide, but nowhere near the typical institutional understandings, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. Read more

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Craig L. Adams looks at theology as an "interim report," something to be approached with a sense that new information will change it, and that humility should be theology's utmost tool. Read more

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  • Social Revision 3

    The Rev. Sharon Austin, Florida Conference director of Connectional and Justice Ministries, and Carla Works, professor at Wesley Theological Seminary, work on the Revised Social Principles during a writing session in Washington. (Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.)

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    A consultation on the Social Principles was held at Africa University in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe. (Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.)