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Through a Glass Darkly

By Rob Renfroe - What will happen at the special General Conference this February? Right now, it’s anyone’s guess. We see through a glass darkly, not able to predict with confidence what the delegates will do and knowing that God can always surprise ...

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Kind Life, Gentle Death

By Steve Beard - It had been three hard days for George H.W. Bush, the 94-year-old former President of the United States. Lifelong friend James Baker, Mr. Bush’s secretary of state and chief of staff, went to check on his neighbor – a man he called ...

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Where Methodism Flourishes

By Heather Hahn - In a village so thick with red dirt that the palm trees bear a rusty hue, a fresh burst of color beckons people from near and far. A new United Methodist church in Gouabo, Côte d’Ivoire – painted an almost-iridescent green – fills ...

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Worshipping without Walls in Zimbabwe

By the Rev. Tauri Emmanuel Maforo - John Wesley’s “The world is my parish” is being relived in Muzarabani Circuit as congregants worship under grass-thatched homesteads and pole sheds. A cappella music and ululating filled the humid atmosphere ...

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Church in Nigeria Sees Membership Boom

By the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel - By the year 2030, The United Methodist Church in Nigeria expects to have more than 2 million professing members. Over the past 10 years, the Nigeria Episcopal Area witnessed a 15 percent increase annually in church ...

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Jesus Changes Everything

By Carolyn Moore - One child’s birth in Bethlehem radically altered human history. In addition to his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus Christ transformed the way that we view many aspects of everyday life. For example, Jesus’ take on the value ...

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Which Way Forward in St. Louis?

By Thomas Lambrecht - The special called General Conference on February 23-26, 2019, is fast approaching. Over the next several weeks, delegates will be focusing on the proposals with singular and prayerful attention, hoping to find a solution to ...

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Two Questions from St. Louis

By Tom Lambrecht - In the aftermath of the special called General Conference in St. Louis, there are two questions that could point to possible misunderstandings of its outcome. 1)     Was the ...

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Que Sucedió REALMENTE en St. Louis (Parte 1)

By Thomas Lambrecht – La Iglesia Metodista Unida acaba de terminar cuatro días de una desgarrada deliberación en la llamada Conferencia General Especial de febrero 23-26. La conferencia demostró ...

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What REALLY Happened in St. Louis (Part 2)

By Thomas Lambrecht - In the last Perspective, there was a report on what actually passed the special called General Conference in St. Louis, including what the Judicial Council will probably rule ...

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What REALLY Happened in St. Louis (Part 1)

By Thomas Lambrecht - The United Methodist Church has just finished four days of wrenching deliberation at the special called General Conference February 23-26. The conference demonstrated a deeply ...

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What General Conference Accomplished

By Thomas Lambrecht - Here is a brief summary of the accomplishments of the special called 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church held in St. Louis. Given the opportunity to ...

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Focus 3: Why is an Exit Path Necessary?

By Thomas Lambrecht Whatever the outcome in St. Louis, some congregations and clergy will be unable to live conscientiously within the boundaries established by General Conference. From the ...

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Focus 3: Living shabbily, praying meagerly 

- By E.M. Bounds - I believe that what the church needs today is not more or better machinery, not new organizations or more novel methods. She needs Christians whom the Holy Spirit can ...

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