United Methodist future

It's cold outside and inside the Church, says the Rev. Tim McClendon, but there's a sure way to warm things up -- a renewed, transforming emphasis on Jesus. Read more

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Questioning Duo

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My One Idea – What's Yours?

If everything else was stripped away, what would be the one great idea you'd want to share and remember? asks the Rev. Andy Bryan. Read more

Oct 10, 2014 12:48 PM Andy Bryan 4 Comments

Strawberry Cake

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The Rev. Drew B. McIntyre of Via Media Methodists contends it is an essential part of the Wesleyan tradition to seek a "third way" out of the denomination's currently polarized state. Read more


Doom & Gloom

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Han Church

The Korean concept of "han," an ever-present anxiety about the future, may describe The United Methodist Church for some, but the Rev. Dan R. Dick contends that we're already blessed beyond material wealth with the good news brought by Jesus Christ. Read more

Aug 10, 2013 5:17 PM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Relevance X

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Relevance X drew together hundreds of young United Methodists to consider how to bring Christian faith to today's youths and young adults in their own cultural contexts. Read more

In the Church

Red Green

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Polymorphous Pedagogic Perversity

At the Quadrennial Training for United Methodist leaders, the Rev. Dan R. Dick tries to get the assembly to probe deeper to core values and runs smack into an "adaptive challenge." Read more

Feb 5, 2013 2:41 PM Dan R. Dick 2 Comments

Grade F

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Youth worker Todd Lovell interprets a recent social study about today's teens that finds the concepts of "exceptionalism" actually set students up for failure, and how Christian teaching can redirect youths from this crippling attitude. Read more



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Would It Be Better if Ministry Were a Bad Career?

The Rev. Teddy Ray ponders why The United Methodist Church strives so to makes its ministerial positions like attractive careers in business, when Methodist circuit riders took on an arduous calling for the love of God. Read more

Feb 5, 2013 9:36 AM Teddy Ray 3 Comments

Episcopal Address

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What Is United Methodism?

Methodism's founder John Wesley created and practiced a much different faith from the 21st century version seen by the Rev. John Meunier, a convert to the tradition. Read more

Jan 24, 2013 5:07 PM John Meunier 1 Comments

John Wesley Preaching

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Election Angst Parallels the UMC

The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders: Can Methodism's heritage of fostering spiritual awakening save the United States as it once saved England? Read more

Nov 12, 2012 3:38 PM Tim McClendon

Beloved Community

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De-Loved Community

We face a tragic reality in our United Methodist Church today — the inability to disagree in Christian compassion and fellowship, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick, who proposes a visionary solution. Read more

Nov 7, 2012 4:42 PM Dan R. Dick 3 Comments

Two Minds

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We vs. They

Contrary to popular myth, United Methodist boards and agencies don't do their work outside the sphere of the entire denomination, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. Read more

Sep 21, 2012 12:33 PM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Leaders of churches on or near college campuses will meet in early October to exchange ideas on how best to serve university communities. Read more

In the Church

What Process Would Create United Methodist Excellence?

The Rev. Andrew Burd-Harris searches for what it would take to rebuild The United Methodist Church in similar ways that sports teams rebuild after losing seasons. Read more

Sep 7, 2012 11:32 AM Andrew Burd-Harris 2 Comments

Brian McLaren has been a leader in the emerging church movement for more than 20 years. He has become a frequent workshop leader and speaker for many United Methodist gatherings. Read more


Make Disciples

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Disciple Dissipation

The Rev. Dan R. Dick compares consumer-oriented church growth techniques with the kind of commitment beyond oneself that John Wesley preached and practiced. Read more

Aug 22, 2012 10:30 AM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Ben and Olivia Kate Gosden

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Baptismal Vows and Membership Vows -- A Follow-Up

The Rev. Ben Gosden writes that he received such interesting feedback from his post on Membership Vows that he decided to write this follow-up column. Ben and his wife Katie participated in the baptism of their daughter, Olivia Kate, on Aug. 19. Read more

Aug 22, 2012 10:22 AM Ben Gosden 1 Comments

What am I?

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What If Membership Vows Are Not Enough?

The Rev. Ben Gosden poses a critical question on the difference between vowing to support the institution of The United Methodist Church and becoming a genuine follower of Jesus Christ. Read more

Aug 13, 2012 9:24 AM Ben Gosden

John Wesley Profile

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(Mis)Understanding Wesley's 'Catholic Spirit'

The Rev. Kevin Watson takes a deeper historical and biblical look at John Wesley's famous sermon, "Catholic Spirit," which Watson contends is often mis-used to dismiss serious theological differences in the UMC. Read more

Jul 27, 2012 11:19 AM Kevin Watson

Jurisfictional Conference

The Rev. Dan R. Dick ponders why a jurisdiction, such as his own North Central region, should bother to gather when there are no bishops to elect. Read more

Jul 18, 2012 9:05 AM Dan R. Dick