Centering the United Methodist Church on Christ

Understanding the Christmas Covenant

The Connectional Table, our denominational equivalent of a church council for the whole church, recently endorsed the Christmas Covenant, a proposal submitted to the 2020 (now 2021) General Conference by an annual conference in the Philippines. It was written by a...

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Options for General Conference

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ramp up across the U.S. and around the world, church leaders are thinking once again of General Conference, scheduled for August 29-September 7, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There are rumors floating around that General...

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Western Jurisdiction Prepares for Separation

Last week, the Western Jurisdiction announced that it “is beginning preparations for the next General Conference by recommitting itself to be a faithful, inviting, open, safe and loving place for all people.” Its nearly year-long campaign, called “Where Love Lives,”...

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What Is a Traditional Methodist?

Traditionalist United Methodists have wrestled for several years with the question of what to call ourselves and what label to use. The need for a label became acute in 2016 when the General Conference authorized a commission to look at possible strategies to address...

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What is Truth?

"What is truth?" Pontius Pilate asked that compelling question during his interrogation of Jesus prior to condemning him to the cross (John 18:38). For Pilate, that question was a cry of despair -- he had given up on ever finding the answer. It appears that many...

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Making Moral Choices

Over the last two weeks, we have looked at results from a recent survey conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University under the direction of Dr. George Barna. We saw that many Americans are confused about who God is and what God is like. We...

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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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