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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

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Seeking Proof: This Doubter’s Guide to Understanding Easter

"If you wish me to live according to a book written centuries ago, the bar to hurdle my raised eyebrow is set rather high." 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

The inlet cross of Belin UMC gleams brights against the sky over Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography.

Before I die, I want to _____: A Lenten reflection

Throughout these 40 days, how will you restore perspective and remember the gifts you've received from Jesus that make life full and meaningful? 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

This Nativity is part of the collection in the Nativity Museum maintained by First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Photo by Kathryn Price.

An inconvenient Christmas

The truth is, Christmas, the real Christmas, has never been convenient. Jesus' birth was inconvenient. 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

The unconditional love of a dog helps us understand the nature of God. Photo courtesy of Barbara Bailey Hutchison.

What dogs can teach us about God’s love

Singer Barbara Bailey Hutchison writes about one song that captures the spiritual side of being a pet owner. 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

Three family Bibles were found in Stephanie Hope's flooded home in Louisiana. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Hope.

Three family Bibles bring a flood of emotion

Stephanie Hope lost her home and all its contents in Louisiana's flood, but her strongest feelings came when she saw her most treasured books. Read More

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Overboard

In his blog post "Overboard," the Rev. Stephen Bauman tells the story of a woman transformed by a storm at sea and her understanding of the event twenty years later. 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

Ken Carter is resident bishop of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Bishop Ken Carter.

Why We Need Evangelicals: A United Methodist Perspective

Bishop writes, “I cannot allow a beautiful, life-giving word, “evangelical,” to be marginalized, scorned, scapegoated or neglected.” Read More

Image portrays Susanna Wesley, mother of John and Charles. Courtesy of United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History.

Susanna Wesley: How one woman shaped the Methodist church

Visit to John Wesley's childhood home gives writer surprising insights into his mother's influence. "Susanna by all accounts is the mother of Methodism." Read More

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When it feels things are shifting, stand firm with Scripture

As headlines shake us, the Rev. Stephen Bauman says remember “the recurring human discovery that God is. Behind all things lays a fundamental order.” Read More

The 2016 Wesley pilgrims passed through the same doorway where Francis Asbury said goodbye to his mom and dad before sailing to America. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley Pilgrimage: Bishop Asbury’s difficult departure from home and family

Visit to Asbury's childhood home reminds writer that Methodism's "American saint" was first a son who made a difficult decision to go where God called. Read More

John & Charles Wesley and the early Methodists built The New Room to house their meetings. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley Pilgrimage: The New Room - Loving God and people yesterday and today

United Methodists attend the Wesley Pilgrimage to commune with the Holy Spirit who moved in the Wesleys and the early Methodists. Read More

John & Charles Wesley are alumni of Christ Church in Oxford. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley Pilgrimage: Oxford history inspires today

Columnist Joe Iovino was inspired by what he learned about Oxford – the university and the city – in the days of the Wesleys. 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