UM Church Trust Deficit

Comments in a recent article by Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, caught my attention. Trust is difficult to earn, easy to lose, and even more difficult to regain. It has been said, “Trust leaves on horseback and returns on...

A Balanced Path to Holiness

Christianity is full of tensions or paradoxes between seeming opposites: Jesus Christ being both fully God and fully human; the “already” and “not yet” of God’s kingdom arrival; salvation by faith vs. works; a God of love and judgment; and many more. Orthodox...

Who Owns Church Property?

Can congregations leave their denomination and keep their property? That question has been percolating within Methodism and other mainline denominations for two decades. The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church all have...