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...
The Inevitability of Kinship (Perspectives 3)

The Inevitability of Kinship (Perspectives 3)

by Justin Kelly Coleman One of my favorite hymns is “O God in Heaven.” I love the rich language and Trinitarian theology the hymn expresses so plainly. I’m particularly drawn to a phrase in the third stanza that I don’t recall being in any...
Willing to Relocate? (Perspectives 2)

Willing to Relocate? (Perspectives 2)

by Melissa Maher “Are you willing to relocate?” This question came as a surprise during the ordination process. As a candidate for elder in The UMC, I was expecting the usual theological questions. But am I willing to move? My response was, “Sure. If the...
Resolved to Love… United to Serve (Perspectives 1)

Resolved to Love… United to Serve (Perspectives 1)

by James A. Harnish A bronze plaque on the wall of one of the oldest buildings on the campus of Asbury University proclaims the words of my alma mater’s most famous graduate, E. Stanley Jones: “Here we enter a fellowship. Sometimes we will agree to differ; always we...

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