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New book weaves threads of hope

January 8, 2018

I love the metaphor of the red thread. It’s that thought or theme that runs through lives, events, relationships and history. It can be anything — love, greed, thirst, darkness, a passion for winning, homecomings. Mundane or profound, unexpected...

Naming the cause of death at the funeral: overdose

January 8, 2018

Early last month, I officiated at an evening funeral of a 33-year old man, unknown to me, who died of a drug overdose. A phone call came to me from a friend who said the family was seeking a pastor for the funeral. Apparently, four pastors had...

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Bethlehem Impressions: A Christmas Reflection

December 8, 2017

Mittie Quinn visits Bethlehem and finds in a holy and troubling paradox.

The word is...remember

November 2, 2017

Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column. remember By Rev...

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The Discipline is the connecting link: why we can’t settle for ‘local options’

November 1, 2017

By Rev. Charles Harrell  (A response to Tom Starnes’ “UM’s ask: what is doctrine, what is law, and what is right?”  The case before the Judicial Council mentioned in both their essays, was decided in October...

Yes, you should talk about money in church

November 1, 2017

By Rachel Cornwell  “I hate preaching about money.” “Parishioners skip church if I’m giving a stewardship sermon.”“Pastor, that sermon about church finances didn’t feed me spiritually.” Many...

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