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We’re Not Leaving

By Rob Renfroe - Progressive and moderate leaders have an interesting dilemma. Do they partner with leading traditionalists to create and pass a path for amicable separation at General Conference 2020? Or do they fight on, hoping to overturn the ...

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Riverside’s Ministry to the Community

By William March - In the heart of Little Havana, just west of the Miami River, sits an anomaly – Riverside United Methodist Church. It’s in a neighborhood that struggles with poverty, inadequate housing, and social isolation. There are plenty ...

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Back Row America

By Steve Beard - Chris Arnade earned a PhD in theoretical physics and spent 20 years on Wall Street making piles of money as a bond trader. In a season of disillusionment with his lucrative career, he began walking around New York City to ...

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A Supernatural Kingdom

By Carolyn Moore - In Luke 4, as he sits among his people, Jesus casts a vision for a radical change in the spiritual climate. He stands up in the middle of church one day and reads from a scroll unrolled to the words of the prophet ...

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Preparing for General Conference 2020

By Timothy Tennent - Leonard Ravenhill once said, “there is no greater tragedy than a sick church in a dying world.” The United Methodist Church is hurting and sick. It is one of the few things that people across the various divisions all seem ...

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Discovering God Through the Trees

By Matthew Sleeth - I love trees. I always have. I love looking at them. I love sitting in their shade. I love hearing the sound of wind rustling through their leaves. But what can trees teach us? Specifically, what can trees teach us about the ...

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Steadfast Faith

By Nako Kellum - Why do I continue to believe in God? I asked myself this question as I was listening to Maybe God, a podcast hosted by the Rev. Eric Huffman, a United Methodist pastor in Houston. This episode featured a conversation between ...

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In the News

British Methodists Take Steps Toward Progressive Sexual Ethic

By Tom Lambrecht - In an action taken July 3, the British Methodist Conference voted 247-48 to approve a report titled God in Love Unites Us. The report marks a "watershed moment in the life of ...

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Amazon Sold $240K of ‘Liturgy of the Ordinary’ Fakes, Publisher Says

It is heartbreaking to report that thieves have illegally published and sold counterfeit copies of one of our favorite books through Amazon. The cover story for Good News on July/August 2017 was an ...

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The Promises of God

By Justus Hunter - "You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.... ...

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The Consent of the Governed

By Tom Lambrecht - It is a concept entrenched in modern Western culture that governments "derive their just powers from the consent of the governed" (Declaration of Independence, United States). To ...

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Traditionalists Secure General Conference Majority

By Tom Lambrecht - With nearly all the annual conferences in the U.S. having voted, it appears that a sufficient number of traditional-minded delegates have been elected to assure a narrow but ...

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What Loving LGBTQ Ministry Could Look Like

By Thomas Lambrecht - At the St. Louis General Conference and since, conservatives have often been accused of being hateful, bigoted, and punitive toward LGBTQ persons. We frequently hear quoted ...

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Progress Report on Annual Conference Actions

By Thomas Lambrecht - We are halfway through the U.S. annual conference season. Annual conferences represent local churches and clergy in regional areas of the country. There are currently 55 ...

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