What's Next for the United Methodist Church?

In the seven weeks since General Conference nearly every committed United Methodist has been asking, What’s next for the UMC?

A New United Methodism?

One conclusion that has consensus among compatibilists and, I think, most incompatibilists: our Church is broken, and we cannot continue as we are.

A Way Backwards: Winning the Battle, Losing the Church

I believe the coalition that leaders of the WCA put together has won a battle at General Conference and may well have lost the church.

A Speech Against …

These last few days the United Methodist Church’s General Conference met in St. Louis, Missouri. Our church is, like the US, made up of...

The Bible Says It … That Settles It

Beginning Saturday, February 23, the United Methodist Church is holding a special called session of its General Conference, the official...

Living in the Tension: A Church of the Via Media

Methodism has often been described as a bridge-building faith that holds together, often in tension, what might seem to be opposing impulses.

A Storm on the Sea

When we’re walking through the storms, we should remember Jesus' words: “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

The Call of the Fisherman

We often think that the first encounter Simon had with Jesus was on the seashore of the Sea of Galilee. But John’s Gospel tells us differently.

Introducing Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple

In nearly every episode of Jesus’ life and ministry, Peter is somewhere nearby.

The Meaning of the Manger

Merry Christmas! During Advent this year, I’ve shared excerpts from several of my Advent- and Christmas-focused books, including Not a Silent Night...

Seeing Joseph in Jesus

Though the Gospels provide very little direct information about Joseph, I believe we can learn a lot about him by looking at his son.

Not Silent in Bethlehem

If all were calm and bright in the world, Christmas wouldn’t be necessary. Christmas came because the world is broken.

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