Why Scripture Compels Me to Favor the One Church Plan

Why Scripture Compels Me to Favor the One Church Plan

by Rev. Dr. James C. Howell As we come to this lovely season when we dig into the Scriptures, which Martin Luther called “the swaddling clothes in which Christ is laid,” I want to share why my commitments and devotion to the Bible compel me to be a Uniting Methodist...
On Uniting Methodists: Is Scripture Authoritative?

On Uniting Methodists: Is Scripture Authoritative?

by Scott Gilliland I had the pleasure of being on the host team for the Uniting Methodists “Room for All” Conference held at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas in July. We were incredibly thankful to have such an inspiring and important event on our campus....
“Taking the Bible Seriously”

“Taking the Bible Seriously”

Tyron Inbody, the long-time professor of theology at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, was fond of saying to his students: “Let me grant you for a moment that the Bible is word-for-word the perfect and precise words and thoughts of God.” His comments were...
Homosexuality & The Church

Homosexuality & The Church

One of the key questions central to the discussions around the future of The United Methodist Church pertains to the authority of Scripture. In this essay, renowned New Testament scholar Luke Timothy Johnson grapples with that issue. How can the church both maintain...
Annual Conferences Discuss One Church Plan

Annual Conferences Discuss One Church Plan

by Jim Harnish The United Methodist News Service headline was correct: “Annual conferences mixed on bishops’ plan.” If you were watching the debate on resolutions and counting votes in favor of or opposed to the One Church Plan in the annual conferences, you’d...
How Will We Be Known?

How Will We Be Known?

by Rev. Dr. William O. (Bud) Reeves I’m going to go out on a limb here. The Commission on the Way Forward, the group established by the Council of Bishops at General Conference in 2016, is presenting a final report to the Council, who will then present a proposal to a...
Happy Birthday… and how many more?

Happy Birthday… and how many more?

by John E. Harnish April 23, 1968… Dallas, Texas. That was the day the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church came together to become the United Methodist Church. The day was marked with high hopes and bold dreams about how these two denominations...
The Offspring of a Prayer Vigil

The Offspring of a Prayer Vigil

by Rob Fuquay In the early 1700s, a group of Moravians were fleeing from threats. They went to Germany where they heard of a wealthy Moravian named Count Zinzendorf, and they asked if he would donate land to them where they could live in safety. He did, and they...

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