(RNS) — The Rev. Vincent “Chip” Seadale was at a denominational meeting in North Carolina when he got a call that something was brewing on Martha’s Vineyard. The call was from a counselor who sometimes attends St.
When I reached into a box of books that had been stored, I pulled out a paperback from graduate school. A bit dusty, its pages yellowed with age, with the distinctive smell of old ink and paper, my copy of The Search for Christian America made me wince a little.
Supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake pray at an election-night gathering on August 2, 2022. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.) Three things are true at once. First, the United States is the most Christian advanced democracy in the world.
When I taught confirmation classes at our church, I looked upon a room of eager (or not-so-eager) middle schoolers with their parents and said, “I care a lot less about whether you become a member of this church than that you become a follower of Jesus Christ.
What is “Christian Nationalism” and how should Methodists think about it? Arkansas United Methodist Bishop Gary Mueller recently commented to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette about United Methodism’s split: “There are parts of the church in which traditional Trinitarian thinking is beginning to
These monthly essays are a part of my work of building my own autonomy and writing about my own life however I want. Being vulnerable about parts of this doesn’t feel good, but we’ve already started building such a beautiful community here that I feel pretty ok about sharing this.
Brian Blount’s Then the Whisper Put on Flesh was a watershed read for me. The book overtly reads the ethic of the Gospels for what it can do for African Americans. It exploits the text while it affirms it and at times claims it falls short of the fullness of liberation.