The Role of Conferences in the New Methodism

“Conferencing” is at the heart of Methodist history and tradition. In 1744, only a few years after starting the Methodist movement, John Wesley called together the small group of preachers who formed the core of the movement for a “conference”...

An Eternal Perspective

In times of crisis, people often turn to God. There is some anecdotal evidence that is happening now with the coronavirus pandemic. Bible downloads in Google Play and App Store exceeded 2 million in March, the highest total ever for the month. Attendance at the...

Human Plans and the Coronavirus

I am a planner. I like to have at least a rough plan in mind for any undertaking that I am part of, whether it is a work project or a trip to the beach. I get that from my Dad, who was a high school band director and needed to plan everything from rehearsal schedules...

Observations from a “Town Hall”

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of disruption in our lives, in how our country functions, and in how our churches function, as well. Nowhere was that in greater evidence than in a May 5th “Town Hall” meeting held online by Mainstream UMC, a...

The Myth of “Progress”

One often hears that Methodism used to believe the “wrong” thing about slavery, the ordination of women, and the affirmation of same-sex relationships, and that Methodism moved to believe the “right” thing about slavery and the ordination of...