September 20, 2019

The deadline to submit legislation to the 2020 General Conference is now in the rearview mirror. So what is ahead?

The coming months will provide a fuller picture of what options will be before delegates when The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly meets...

Traditionalist advocates met in private with United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines to listen and discuss the denomination’s future — with separation raised as a distinct possibility.

Leaders of the Renewal and Reform Coalition, which includes...

October 29, 2018

The United Methodist Church’s top court has clarified what parts of legislation heading to the 2019 General Conference pass constitutional muster.

Now it’s up to plan supporters to decide how they will respond to the Judicial Council’s ruling.

“Whether a piece of propose...

October 2, 2018

Whatever delegates decide at the 2019 General Conference, the denomination’s pension agency wants United Methodist clergy and lay workers to know their accrued benefits aren’t going anywhere.

However, Wespath Benefits and Investments is also looking at ways to ensure th...

July 10, 2018

Expect to see the Commission on a Way Forward’s proposals in weeks — not months.

The organizers of General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly, announced that they expect the needed translation work to be completed by July 30 — after which it can be ma...

July 24, 2017

The Commission on a Way Forward is sketching plans for moving The United Methodist Church beyond its impasse around homosexuality.

At this point, commission members are not saying what those plans look like. Instead, the commission is waiting to unveil its proposals unt...

July 20, 2017

The feedback to the Commission on a Way Forward gives a sense of the task ahead.

The commission asked various United Methodists to describe their constituency’s “preferred future for our denomination regarding the nature, conditions and extent of the inclusion of LGBTQ...

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December 9, 2019

GOD KNOWS OUR WORTH

    A certain nurse won the admiration of her entire community with her patience, cheerfulness, and genuine concern for others.  She gave far more of herself than anyone could ever expect.  Her salary was inadequate by any standard.  One day a physician-friend said to her, “Nurse, why don’t you get out of this backward little community and go where they will pay you a decent salary.  God knows you are worth...

December 6, 2019

A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton hadn’t won a game in eight weeks.  A critical press was suggesting that he be dropped from the starting rotation.  The future looked bleak and Sutton felt terrible.  At that point Dodgers manager Walter Alston summoned Sutton to his office.  Sutton prepared himself for the worst.

    “Don,” said Alston, “I know how the past couple of mo...

December 5, 2019

THE TIME BANK

    Imagine that there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400.  It carries over no balance from day to day.  Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to spend during the day.  What would you do?  Draw out every cent, of course!

    Each of us has such a bank.  Its name is TIME.  Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds.  Ever...

December 4, 2019

TOO BIG TO TITHE

   A church member made an appointment with his pastor to talk about a problem. “Pastor,” he said, “jobs were hard to come by a number of years ago.  So I asked God’s help in finding me a good job.  I promised that if I found one, I would tithe my income.  I found a job paying $500 per week and I began to give the church $50 each week.  My promotions have been rapid and my salary has increased.  I now make $2,0...

December 3, 2019

FIRST FRUITS TITHING

    There was a knock on the door of the hut occupied by a missionary in Africa.  Answering, the missionary found one of the native boys holding a large fish in his hands.  The boy said, “Pastor, you taught us what tithing is, so here—I’ve brought you my tithe.”  The missionary replied, “Thank you so much, my son, but where are the other nine fish?”  The boy beamed and said, “Oh, they’re still in the river....

December 2, 2019

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION

    An overweight business executive decided it was time to shed some excess pounds. He took his new diet seriously, even changing his driving route to work to avoid his favorite bakery.  Nevertheless, one morning he arrived at work carrying a gigantic coffee cake.  His staff scolded him but his smile remained cherubic.  He said, “This is a very special coffee cake. I accidentally drove by the bakery...

November 29, 2019

A POLITICALLY CORRECT THANKSGIVING

    In today’s politically correct environment where you have to be so careful to avoid offending anyone, we can understand why a fourth grader gave the following report to his class on the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday:

    “The Pilgrims came here seeking freedom of you know what.  When they landed they gave thanks to you know who.  Because of them, we can worship each Sunday,...

November 28, 2019

THE HISTORY OF TEAMWORK

   At a Midwestern fair, there was an event called the horse pull.  Strong horses were hitched to a sled on which were placed various weights.  The grand champion horse pulled 4,500 pounds.  The runner-up pulled just over 4,400 pounds.  Someone was curious about how much weight these two horses could pull together, as a team.  So they were hitched together to a sled.  As a team they pulled over 12,000 po...

November 27, 2019

A TRUE FRIEND

    A farmer was out plowing one spring morning.  The spring thaw had just occurred and there were many muddy valleys in his field.  In one particularly wet place his tractor bogged down.  The harder he tried to get out, the deeper he sank.  Finally he walked over to his neighbor’s house to ask for help.  The neighbor came over and looked at the situation.  He shook his head and then said, “It doesn’t look good, b...

November 26, 2019

SUFFICIENT

    One day a man went to a Rolls Royce dealership to shop for an automobile.  The salesman said, “This is the most famous car in the world.  Some Rolls Royces are still running after fifty years.”

   The customer bought the car and drove it home.  Then he realized that he had forgotten to ask how much horsepower the car had.  He could not find that answer in the car’s manual.  So, he phoned the sa...

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