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A Bible shows physical wear from regular use. Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications

Debates continue over the meaning of the Bible

For countless numbers of people, the Bible is the most important guide to living a Christian life. What the Bible really means, however, has been a constant source of debate. Read More

Chuck Knows Church talks about the four principles of faith known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.

Chuck Knows Church: Wesleyan Quadrilateral

John Wesley said the Christian faith comes down to four components. Chuck looks at this foundation of United Methodist theology. View

Passover Seder Plate features symbolic foods. Photo courtesy of Mount Bethel United Methodist Church.

Sharing Passover Seders

By sharing Passover Seder with Jewish neighbors, Christians can learn more about the roots of several Christian practices and the influence of Judaism in Jesus’ teachings. Read More

Chuck knows church: Grace. Screenshot courtesy of United Methodist Communications

Chuck Knows Church: Grace

Said at the dinner table, it also has deep theological meaning for United Methodists. Chuck explains prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying grace. View

The College of West Africa building will be the site of the new graduate school of theology at United Methodist University in Liberia.  Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Liberian church to start graduate school of theology

The hope is that all United Methodist clergy in Liberia will have a minimum of a Master of Divinity degree. Read More

A higher law

Chris Momany says legal statutes often reflect societal norms. 'People are not granted rights by government. Their God-given rights are recognized and protected by governments.' Read More

Chuck Knows Church tells where we can find The Great Commission in the Bible

Chuck Knows Church: The Great Commission

Following his resurrection, Jesus instructed his Apostles to "Make Disciples of all Nations." Chuck tells us where we can find The Great Commission in the Bible. View

The Rev. Jaime Clark-Soles teaches at the 2014 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Theology and disability summit gets United Methodist welcome

Week-long event brings together scholars, disabled people, parents and church workers. Read More

Chuck Knows Church re-enacts Moses parting the Red Sea.

Chuck Knows Church: Crossing the Red Sea

Chuck Knows Church tells the story from the Book of Exodus of Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. View

Video image from Chuck Knows Church: Transfiguration Sunday, courtesy of Discipleship Ministries.

Chuck Knows Church: Transfiguration Sunday

United Methodists and many other denominations schedule the observance of the Transfiguration on the Sunday before Lent. View

Choir members from the United Methodist church in Kamina, Democratic Republic of the Congo sing during a cultural celebration.  Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Beliefs

The United Methodist Church is an 12.5-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as ... Read More

Theological Guidelines: Reason

Although we recognize that God’s revelation and our experiences of God’s grace continually surpass the scope of human language and reason, we also believe that any disciplined theological work calls for the careful use of reason. Read More

Theological Guidelines: Experience

In our theological task, we follow Wesley’s practice of examining experience, both individual and corporate, for confirmations of the realities of God’s grace attested in Scripture. Read More

Theological Guidelines: Tradition

The theological task does not start anew in each age or each person. Christianity does not leap from New Testament times to the present as though nothing were to be learned from that great cloud of witnesses in between. For centuries Christians have sought to interpret the truth of the... Read More

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Reflecting on Our Faith

Theology is thinking together about our faith and discipleship. It’s reflecting with others in the Christian community about the good news of God’s love in Christ. Read More

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