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Las Vegas church finds simple gifts in tragedy

“I realized that ‘Hello, It is so good to see you,’ on Monday morning was more than an obligatory gesture. When we said it this time, we meant it!”’ Read More

Morgan Freeman (left) as God tries to convince Jim Carrey that he is now all powerful in this scene from Bruce Almighty (2003). Press photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

No joke. Comedies about God can foster faith

Hollywood treatments of the Almighty can actually lead to good conversations about how we see God and respond to his teachings. Read More

Morgan Freeman (right) as God, with Steve Carrell discuss the construction of the Ark in Evan Almighty (2007). Press photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

No joke. Comedies about God can foster faith

Hollywood treatments of the Almighty can actually lead to good conversations about how we see God and respond to his teachings. Read More

Members of the South Carolina's Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team perform rescue operations in Port Arthur, Texas during the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Photo by SC National Guard. Public Domain.

Recalling the flood of human kindness after Katrina

Plano pastor says hosting storm survivors changed his church. “Our DNA has been altered by those who came and taught us to love God by loving our neighbor.” Read More

Rows of tents house Boy Scouts, staff and volunteers at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, W. Va. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Life as a Boy Scout Chaplain: Why I Spent Two Weeks in a Tent

A United Methodist pastor writes about the worship and ministerial benefits of spending two weeks at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Read More

The Parthenon in Nashville.

Flourishing in Ministry

In this blog post, Bishop Laurie Haller describes how clergy tend to thrive in their ministry settings when they feel connected with their congregation in meaningful ways. Read More

Rainbow weather

Rainbow Weather

When congregations get a new pastor, they experience a myriad of emotions during the transition. Poet Lindy Thompson relates to these emotions in her poem "Rainbow Weather." Read More

“Mama, what’s my destiny?” Forrest asks. His mother smiles softly and says, “That’s just something you’ll have to figure out for yourself.” Photo from a scene in the film Forest Gump © Paramount Pictures; used with permission.

Listen to God (and Mom) as you navigate through life

The film "Forrest Gump" teaches many valuable life lessons, especially when to talk and listen to Mom. Read More

The Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial in Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Carrying others’ burdens

In Mary McLeod Bethune and Simon the Cyrenean we see the oppressed helping the oppressed. Read More

God surprises us

"Raising Lukas has shown me that miracles are everywhere, constantly reminding of God’s unending love." Read More

Jesus confronts the Roman centurion Severus in this scene from The Young Messiah. © 2016 Focus Features. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Delve deeper into Holy Week with Jesus films

“When Scripture becomes script, the camera adds an almost subliminal depth to God’s story,” writes a pastor whose book describes the impact Jesus films can have on viewers. Read More

Bishop Ken Carter. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

A Yuletide Chat with Bishop Ken Carter

"The most effective churches see Christmas Eve as a way to meet new people and talk about what they will do during the next year." Read More

One man's desire to

Movie affirms United Methodist teachings on human trafficking

Film depicts how one man's desire to "do the right thing" turns into a struggle to save others and lift his own life out of despair. Read More

The spiritual practice of Lectio Divina can be made more powerful by comparing it to how enthusiasts approach Star Wars. Star Wars logo by Wikimedia Commons.

Lectio Divina informed by Star Wars

The spiritual practice of Lectio Divina can be made more powerful by comparing it to how enthusiasts approach Star Wars. Read More

Ripples in the water. Public domain photo.

Ripples of Mercy

"Nineteen years after her death, Mother Teresa is still creating ripples of love across our world because of the purity of her mercy for the poorest of the poor." Read More

North Carolina Bishop Paul L. Leeland calls for residents to become partners and peacemakers after a deadly police shooting recently in Charlotte, NC. Photo by the Rev. Anita Mays.

North Carolina bishop calls for “partners and peacemakers”

"It is my prayer we might behave in such a way as to embrace Jesus’ teaching 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’” Read More

More than 450 students and faculty from a Nashville, TN high school gathered in the backyard of their beloved professor to worship with him and support his battle against cancer. Photo courtesy of Christ Presbyterian Academy.

Some of life’s best lessons are learned outside the classroom

Hundreds share worship at home of teacher battling cancer. "I felt that I was not alone," said Bob Ellis, who passed away September 16. Read More

The emotional cast of Inside Out. Artwork courtesy of Pixar Pictures.

Peace of Mind: Mental Health in the Movies

Sermon series from Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. uses modern movies to explore theological themes around mental and emotional health issues. Read More

Bishop Kenneth L. Carder

Saved by Story

Positive change emerges from shared stories of pain and struggle more than from quarrels and contentious debates. Read More

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There’s always something ‘Greater,’ even if we can’t see it

The film "Greater" explores the life of walk-on football player Brandon Burlesworth and how to keep one's faith when bad things happen to good people. Read More

Bill Murray portrays a TV weatherman who must learn to live from his heart every day in the enduring comedy

Why the best days are ordinary days

Faith calls us to live a Christian life every day, not only on Sundays, holy days or special occasions. Read More

Scott Gilpin is the Executive Director of Fund Development for Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

How to respond to a crisis: Do something!

Scott Gilpin writes about his experiences at the September 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi and his suggestions on how we should respond to crises. Read More

Bishop Mike Coyner. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Another Day, Another Shooting

"We must not be apathetic. We must not get used to all of this violence. We must be peace-makers, especially in our faith communities," writes Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner. Read More

A nature scene from Lake Junaluska taken in August 2013. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

Becoming the Person God Created You to Be

Bishop Laurie Haller describes how spiritual growth is "a journey toward knowing not only who God created us to be but who God is calling us to become." Read More

This week the United Methodist Church has tried to model an approach to disagreement that the U.S. political system would do well to emulate. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Americans are more polarized than ever. We United Methodists don’t want to be.

The United Methodist Church has tried to model an approach to disagreement that the U.S. political system would do well to emulate. Read More

The author asks,

Christians and Virtual Reality

How will Christians engage virtual reality in ways that honor God and serve our neighbors? Read More

Rev. Matt Rawle often finds God's presence in the ordinary, like mowing his backyard. Photo in the Public Domain.

We don’t have to be, but are

Rev. Matt Rawle often finds God's presence in the ordinary, like when he is mowing his backyard. Read More

A delegate asks:

The Noise of Worship at General Conference

Nearly every day at General Conference, when lay and clergy delegates from all over the world meet to renew and reset our direction as the United Methodist Church, we are... Read More

A Tulsa United Methodist church posted a tribute within hours of the singer’s death, and it promptly went viral online. Photo courtesy of University United Methodist Church.

Church, writers pay tribute to Prince for his music and his faith

A Tulsa United Methodist church posted a tribute within hours of the singer’s death, and it promptly went viral online. More

Baseball delivers strong personal and family values, especially the need for a strong sense of faith when cheering for the Chicago Cubs. Photo © Fenoglio family archives.

Baseball delivers strong personal and family values

There are real life lessons in what some see as a game. The sport reminds us of the need for faith, as it did for one lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Read More

Country music star Tim McGraw sings “Humble and Kind” in music video.  Video image courtesy Vevo.

Life lessons: Song links new country music and early Methodism

Tim McGraw is a country music star and a parent. Read how the singer's latest single echoes advice shared in 1869. Read More