Centering the United Methodist Church on Christ

Confusion About God

What is God like? That seems to be the most fundamental question any religion has to answer. Each religion has their own answer to that question, which in turn makes each religion distinctive. Christianity has a particular answer to that question that has been taught...

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Losing the Gospel

What does it mean to be saved? How is one saved? These questions are at the heart of the Gospel. John Wesley famously wrote, "I am a spirit come from God and returning to God; just hovering over the great gulf, till a few moments hence I am no more seen -- I drop into...

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Stick to the Path

As a young adult, I became fascinated by the story told by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was inspired by the extraordinary adventures on behalf of human goodness undertaken by ordinary folk. Through my wife's recommendation, I...

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Reconnecting the Connection

Dr. Scott Kisker, professor of the History of Christianity at United Theological Seminary, published an article recently in Firebrand Magazine that will also appear in the forthcoming edition of Good News magazine. In it, he explains two foundational disconnects that...

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Marriage: A School for Discipleship

The cover story of the current issue of Christianity Today is entitled, "Can the Church Save Marriage?" I heartily recommend that and other articles in this month's issue that talk about the challenges to marriage in our contemporary global culture. The article is...

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The Way of Humility, Honesty, and Courage

Religion writer Terry Mattingly recently reported that 50 percent of "strong liberals" say they would fire business executives who donate money to reelect President Donald Trump. At the same time, 36 percent of "strong conservatives" would fire executives who donate...

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Looking for Accountability in North Katanga

Last week's Perspective reported some troubling actions taken by the Board of Ordained Ministry in the West Congo Annual Conference, Central Congo Episcopal Area. Today's post reports on similar actions taken in the North Katanga Annual Conference. There are 3 million...

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Violations in Central Congo

The polarization of The United Methodist Church in the United States is now unfortunately surfacing in the part of the church located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – one of at least 17 countries on the continent of Africa to host United Methodist churches....

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Images of UM Fracture

The current focus of our denomination is rightly on how to do effective ministry in the midst of a pandemic and how to understand and address racism in our nation and in our church. For most of our pastors and leaders, there is not much bandwidth left to keep abreast...

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One Step Back

How do Christians deal with discouragement? Some parts of the United States, as well as some other countries around the world, have recently seen an uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases, with increased hospitalizations and deaths. The increases have led governments...

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