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Justifying Grace

The Rev. Gary Henderson says this special form of grace helps us know we are forgiven, we are whole. View

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United Methodist Beliefs: Open Table

United Methodists share Communion at an open table. The Rev. Gary Henderson explains, 'the image I have is one of a banquet where everyone is a VIP.' View

A parishioner reads a Bible in Beijing, China. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Is the Bible Literal?

Adam Hamilton talks about interpreting biblical stories. ‘They’re really not trying to tell us the story of some ancient people. They’re trying to tell us about ourselves.’ View

Two girls participate in Confirmation Sunday 2015 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, FL. Photo by Trey McNabb, Flickr Creative Commons.

United Methodist Beliefs: Baptism and Confirmation

United Methodists believe baptism and confirmation must be together in one life, but not always together at the same point in time. A pastor explains. View

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United Methodist Beliefs: Rapture

Many people wonder about the end times. The Rev. Alfred Day suggests we focus instead on how we can live into 'the world of God’s imagining in this moment... View

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Prevenient Grace

“Grace is everywhere. We are caught up in the net of God’s care.” The Rev. Gary Henderson shares thoughts about this compelling concept. View

Photo by Thomas Hawk of a painting depicting hell. The work hangs in the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University.


Pastor Adam Hamilton shares his thoughts on the complicated concept of hell. "There must be a place for those who don't want to do God's will." View

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Pastor Adam Hamilton shares thoughts on eternity. "I believe in the afterlife because Jesus talked about it. I believe in Jesus." View

Delegates share a group hug at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Sanctifying Grace

United Methodists learn about three types of grace. The Rev. Gary Henderson shares his description of sanctifying grace in this short clip. View


As part of a series, The Rev. Felicia Hopkins explains how baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. ‘Yes, I am taking a new journey.’ View

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Social Holiness

Social Holiness means we live our lives with all of God’s creation. We walk with one another. View