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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May 5, 2020

CURE FOR SIN

            Sin is not a fashionable word nowadays.  More than 20 years ago Dr. Karl Menninger wrote his important book, Whatever Became of Sin?  The word is still not politically correct.  On television and in the movies you will hear every crudity and profanity ever uttered but you will not likely hear the word “sin” used seriously.  Yet, the Bible says that sin is the fundamental problem of the human race....

May 4, 2020

ERROR-PROOF INTERPRETATIONS

            I heard about a husband who told his wife that housework was woman’s work and that he would not do it unless she could find a Bible verse that commended such work to a man.  The wife prayed and began searching through her Bible.  Before long she came to him with a smile on her face and her Bible open to II Kings 21:13:  “God says,  ‘I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipes a dish, wiping it,...

May 1, 2020

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS CHILD?

            About once a month I receive a postcard addressed simply to “occupant.”  It has a picture of a lost child on the front.  The message on the back asks anyone with information about the child to call the authorities.

            Usually I say a silent prayer for the child and his or her parents.  For an agonizing moment I think of the...

April 30, 2020

CHRIST FORGETS

            In a recent book, Ron Lee Davis tells the true story of a priest in the Philippines, a much-loved man of God who carried the burden of an old secret sin.  He had repented but still had no peace about it.  In his parish was a woman who loved God deeply and who claimed to have visions in which she spoke with Christ.  The priest, however, was skeptical.  To test her he said, “The next time you speak with...

April 29, 2020

THANKS

            When Mark Twain was at the peak of his writing career, his magazine articles were reported to sell for $5 a word, a great sum of money in those days.  One enterprising Harvard graduate student sent Mark Twain this letter:  “Dear Mr. Twain: enclosed find $5.  Please send me your best word.”

            A few days later, the student received a tele...

April 28, 2020

       In a sermon I related a story about the great Albert Schweitzer and how he loved to play Bach on the organ.  Even while Schweitzer was serving as a surgeon in the steamy jungles of Africa, he loved music.

       One evening, as one of his nurses was preparing to leave Lamborine, he stood at the gangplank preparing to bid her good-bye.  As he took her hand he said, “Before you go, I want to r...

April 27, 2020

    One day President Abraham Lincoln was visited by two women who were relatives of General Lou Wallace.  They came to inquire about their relative.  He had been involved in a vicious battle and they wanted to make sure he had survived.  After learning that he had survived they were absolutely jubilant. There had been a casualty named Wallace in the battle, but they were thankful that it was not “our Wallace.”  Lincoln replie...

April 24, 2020

Communication statistics tell us that in trying to get our point across in communicating with people, only 7 percent of what’s heard depends on the actual words we use.  Another 38 percent of what gets our point across is based on the way we say what we say.  Then 55 percent of our effectiveness in communicating depends on whether the person trusts us or not.

      It’s the same in communicating and reaching others for Chr...

April 23, 2020

      A registered nurse has written, “During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz.  I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: ‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans our school?’  Surely this was some kind of joke.  I had seen the cleaning woman several times.  She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?...

April 22, 2020

    In 1518 Herman Cortes outfitted some ships in Cuba to explore the coast of Mexico.  After landing, he ordered his men to have all sails and metal fittings and cannon removed from the ships.  Then he ordered the ships burned so that there could be no retreat.  It must have been a terrible sight—standing there on a hostile beach facing a mysterious continent, and then watching one’s ships burn, thinking that they might never...

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