Faith Stories

GW Stark, the son of a United Methodist preacher, refashions his father’s sermons from the 1950s through the 1970s into podcasts from his home in Franklin, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Sermons revived 25 years after pastor’s death

The Son of a Preacher Podcast refashions vintage sermons by United Methodist pastor the Rev. Wallace A. Stark as bite-size podcasts, with commentary from his son, GW Stark.
Local Church
The Rev. Nathan Webb is pastor of Checkpoint Church, which was designed to be exclusively virtual. The church utilizes social media platforms Twitch, Discord and YouTube to build community. Screenshot courtesy of Checkpoint Church via YouTube.

‘Church for nerds’ builds community without a building

As churches in the pandemic era have gotten creative with virtual worship, Checkpoint Church was designed to be exclusively virtual. They don’t even have a building.
Theology and Education
The Rev. William J. “Billy” Abraham, a longtime professor at Perkins School of Theology, is shown here at Perkins Chapel in Dallas in 2014. Abraham died Oct. 7 at 73. File photo by Hillsman Stuart Jackson, © Southern Methodist University.

Billy Abraham, traditionalist scholar, dies

Longtime Perkins School of Theology professor never shied from a debate but maintained friendships across the theological divide.
Faith Stories
Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia “Connie” Clark, board chair of the United Methodist Publishing House, died Sept. 24. She was 71. Photo by Ron Benedict, UMPH.

State high-court judge found time to serve church

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia “Connie” Clark was board chair of the United Methodist Publishing House, a veteran General Conference delegate and held key positions in her local church.

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