How and why our churches must be strategically structured to promote personal conversion. Part 3 of 9 from UM Action Director John Lomperis’s recent “Rebuilding and Defending United Methodism Today” speech.
Practical, systematic strategies for how United Methodist congregations can combat the famine of biblical illiteracy plaguing the United Methodist Church. Part 2 of 9 from UM Action Director John Lomperis’s recent “Rebuilding and Defending United Methodism Today” speech.
Excerpt from the text of UM Action Director John Lomperis’s recent “Rebuilding and Defending United Methodism Today” speech. In this section, part 1 of 9, John talks about the need to rebuild our church cultures.
Today we commemorate St. Nicholas of Myra, whose resume boasts enough miracles for him to be called the “Wonderworker” in some parts of Christendom. Even before he became the Coca-Cola chugging world-traveler and reindeer master, he was known for his compassion for children and his sacrificial generosity. According to one story, he saved three daughters […]
When a Unitarian church in Florida decided to teach its congregation about Islam around the time of this year’s anniversary of 9/11, it brought in an extremist official from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who has promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories. The group mayno longer be embraced by the FBI, but CAIR’s list of published endorsementsshows there are plenty of Christian and Jewish leaders happy to work with it.
Loneliness and depression have become an increasingly normal part of American life over the past decade. The Church is uniquely equipped to offer hope to the lonely, isolated, and depressed in our communities.
I sit at my desk looking out at the bright green ficus tree as the gentle breeze brings the smell of cookfires and city life. I hear the sound of men making cloth through a process which includes pounding it with a large wooden mallet. At $20 a yard, it is reserved for only the […]
By Brandon Smith Christians ought to be wary of following Donald Miller’s recent advice to seek truth more like a Supreme Court justice. Far from being a group of individuals seeking only to find truth under submission to the constitution itself, the century has revealed the Court’s penchant for interpreting the document in a way […]