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As radical Islamic State forces tried to take over the Southern Philippines city of Marawi, Filipino United Methodists provided care in many forms to people in the region. Read more

Practicing Faith

Worries Kill

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant gives his take on a popular comedy routine. Read more


Paris Memorial

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Dr. David W. Scott provides a helpful round-up of United Methodist news and statements on the Paris attacks by ISIS. Read more

Advocating Justice

Greer UMC Creed

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Following a recent online discussion about creeds and United Methodist, the Rev. Stephen Rankin plumbs church history to show how creeds can benefit The United Methodist Church. Read more

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America's troubles with race relations go back to colonial times, and Methodists have been prominent in pushing for racial equality, writes the Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner. Read more

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John Wesley's blend of personal and social holiness gave Brandon Wrencher a new path that blended well with his "Bapticostal" family traditions. Read more


Despite Everything

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Despite all its foibles and faults, the United Methodist Church holds many worthy virtues that keep him in its community, writes the Rev. Richard Bryant. Read more


In an ongoing series from UMC LEAD, the Rev. Ben Gosden describes how the love of a United Methodist congregation for his family led to his becoming a pastor. Read more

Perspectives Archive

Commissioned elder Joe Barker found an experience of God in a United Methodist church that encouraged his newfound love of asking questions about the Bible and religion. Read more


W. Harrison Daniel looks at what it means to have a global mission through the effectiveness of missionaries in the latest installment of essays on the United Methodist mission theology document, "Grace Upon Grace." Read more


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Yes, We ARE Your Grandmother's Church

In a follow-up to his startling research on the top 100 United Methodist congregations, the Rev. Jeremy Smith further explores why it isn't a good idea for today's congregations to divorce themselves from our collective history. Read more

Jul 8, 2013 5:39 PM Jeremy Smith

Children Wreath

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Longtime United Methodist leader Phil Susag looks to the church's younger generations to forge new links between personal spirituality and social holiness. Read more


Martha and Mary

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The biblical story of Martha and Mary holds insights for The United Methodist Church when seen through the lens of contemporary scholarship on how to lead change effectively. Read more

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United Methodist Pope and Problems of Consolidation

The Rev. Tim McClendon points out the significant legal hazards posed by the type of consolidation in the radical restructure of The United Methodist Church proposed by the Connectional Table/Interim Operations Team. Read more

Nov 30, 2011 2:59 PM Tim McClendon

Just Give Me Orders, Please

A reprint from John Meunier's blog, "an arrow through the air." Read more

Nov 30, 2011 2:58 PM John Meunier

The False God of Statistics

John Meunier contends that using statistics alone to determine United Methodist church vitality sets up a false god in the place of authentic discipleship. Read more

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Does the UMC Have a God Complex?

United Methodist campus minister the Rev. Rob Rynders examines the denomination's insistence on top-down leadership in an age of collaboration. Read more

Nov 30, 2011 2:58 PM Rob Rynders

Navel Gazing

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The Costs of Low Expectations

Nov 30, 2011 2:58 PM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Finding What We Look For

Dan R. Dick analyzes the deficiencies in how church vitality metrics are chosen. Read more

Nov 30, 2011 2:58 PM Dan R. Dick 2 Comments