Are you a Uniting Methodist?

I didn’t grow up in The United Methodist Church. For the entire time I’ve been a United Methodist, I’ve also been an employee of the same on either a local …

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When Jesus refuses to be crucified

In their failure to publicly, and repeatedly, acknowledge that death (or a certain lack of popularity) is a likely cost of following Jesus, mainline denominations haven’t always honored the prophetic faithfulness of decisions to open doors for women, people of color, and other excluded groups. Accepting a narrative that closely aligns God’s blessing with numerical success makes such actions less likely, and stands in conflict to Jesus’ call to the cross.

Extraordinarily Clear #muslimban

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Just to be extraordinarily clear, a country has the sovereign right to close its borders to people it deems undesirable or dangerous. …

The swamp and the businessman

A parable: A real estate developer promises to drain an oversaturated property to increase its value. Absent scruples, this businessman fails to make the substantive changes that would allow the …

Church: We Are Donald Trump

By Benjamin Yosua-Davis I’ve been wondering about the utter impotence of the church in the face of the spiritual phenomenon of Donald Trump. Evangelicals flocked to him in droves. Progressive mainliners failed to …

Simple advice from Jesus to a divided electorate

After months of negative campaigning, it is easy to understand our growing ability to talk past, around, and at each other. Unintended or not, each negative ad or talking point belittling Hillary …

The reasons matter…

When your new focus on discipleship is really just another strategy to grow your church, well, as Scripture says, “Jesus wept.” It isn’t that churches shouldn’t care about discipleship. They …