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Renewal and Reform Coalition Decries Talbert Resolution as “Inadequate, Unfitting, and Improper”

January 26, 2015

United Methodist renewal leaders stand united in decrying Talbert resolution, calling for corrective action by bishops, annual conferences, and General Conference.

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United Methodist Bishops and Adultery

January 24, 2015

Looking at the challenges facing the United Methodist Council of Bishops through the lens of the biblical metaphor of adultery.

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HYPOCRISY ALERT: Talbert Defends Money over Faithfulness, Wants Complaints vs. Others but Not Self

January 22, 2015

The recently announced joke of a “just resolution” for Mel Talbert highlights some glaring hypocrisies of the retired United Methodist bishop.

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Of Pro-Life Marching and the Social Irrelevance of Liberal United Methodism

January 20, 2015

A wonderful pro-life march in Chicago points to the social irrelevancy of liberal United Methodism.

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Keith McIlwain: The Bounds of Christianity

January 19, 2015

Rev. Keith McIlwain raises a more fundamental question in the United Methodist Church’s sexuality debates, in light of how other groups like Mormons, Unitarian Universalists and Jehovah’s Witnesses have left historic Christianity entirely to form “new Christianity-like religions.”

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Diana Dewitt: Personal Reflections on Bishop Rueben Job and the E.U.B. Church

January 13, 2015

Rev. Dr. Diana DeWitt reflects on the spiritual legacy of the recently departed Bishop Rueben Job, as well as of the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) denomination.

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The Wonderful, Burdensome Message of Christmas

December 23, 2014

The message of Christmas is actually very burdensome for those who would be Christ’s true followers. And this is wonderful.

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Where Did New UMC Ministers Go to Seminary?

December 19, 2014

A breakdown of where recently ordained United Methodist ministers went to seminary

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Talbot Davis: A Successfully Established Spanish-Language Service

December 12, 2014

An evangelical United Methodist pastor in North Carolina looks back on his large congregation’s establishing a growing Latino worship community two years ago.

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Tom Tumblin: Asbury Seminary Launches Church-Planting Initiative

December 11, 2014

Dr. Tom Tumblin is an elder in the West Ohio Conference and is appointed to serve Asbury Seminary as dean of the Beeson International Center for Biblical Preaching and Church Leadership and professor of…

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How American Evangelicals Are NOT Following New Testament Christianity

December 8, 2014

Much more than a single article could be written detailing all the ways in which American evangelical Protestantism looks very different from the early church. Certainly not all of the developments in our external circumstances…

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When Does Pro-Palestinian Advocacy Cross the Line into Anti-Semitism?

December 8, 2014

When do attacks on Israel cross the line into anti-Semitism? Liberal United Methodists recently got into rather dangerous territory.