Centering the United Methodist Church on Christ

The Future of Pastoral Training

In a ground-breaking development, Baylor University in Waco, Texas, this week announced the formation of a Wesley House of Studies at its Baptist-oriented Truett Theological Seminary. Dr. William J. Abraham has been named the inaugural director to establish this new...

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Accountability

"Accountability" is one of the key watchwords of our contemporary era. Greater accountability is being demanded of politicians, police officers, and other public servants. How do we in the civilian arena hold those with power and position to the high standard of...

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Finding God in a Crisis

Winston Churchill is alleged to have remarked, "never waste a crisis." It has long been said that the Chinese characters for the word "crisis" signify both danger and opportunity. If we focus too much on the danger, we can miss the opportunity that is hidden within...

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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" meeting. They gathered...

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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...

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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...

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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 "centrist"...

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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 women, leading the way to...

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How Long, O Lord?

Someone shared a video with me the other day that showed a three-year-old girl sitting in her house by the glass patio door looking out. She repeatedly shouted, "I hate this house! I hate this house! I hate this house!" I think many of us are right there with her. We...

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Regard for the Weak

In this time of pandemic and "lockdown," we are all dealing with new realities that we have never experienced before. As I work from home, I can look out the front window of my house. Half the traffic during the day on our street is delivery trucks (Amazon, FedEx,...

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