Daily Digest - November 13, 2018

“My hope is that I’m giving students of the Bible a new tool so that they spot new things in the biblical texts.”The Rev. Matthew Richard Schlimm, author of “70 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know.”


NEWS AND FEATURES

Advice to Christians: Learn a little Hebrew

DUBUQUE, Iowa (UMNS) — The Rev. Matthew Richard Schlimm thinks learning even a few dozen words of Hebrew, along with some historical and cultural context, can be a great gift to Christians. The United Methodist elder and professor at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary is the author of a new Abingdon Press book called “70 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know.” Sam Hodges reports.
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Sierra Leone Initiative cultivates mission
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (UMNS) — The Sierra Leone Initiative, a partnership begun 12 years ago between the Susquehanna and Sierra Leone conferences, continues to build relationships and open new mission opportunities. Phileas Jusu has the story.
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Duke Divinity School
Layman offers shelter from major storm

WILMINGTON, N.C. — United Methodist layman Randy Evans had long cooked meals for people living in encampments around his coastal North Carolina community. But when Hurricane Florence hit, he went further, taking into his home more than 30 displaced people for a week. The Faith & Leadership website of Duke Divinity School has a feature on Evans’ makeshift ministry.
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Board of Global Ministries
Daughters revisit parents' ministries in Congo

KAPANGA, Congo — Three missionary daughters from different families traveled to Kapanga, Congo, where their parents had served as doctors, nurses, teachers, mechanics, pilots and engineers beginning in the 1940s. The women coordinated a campaign in the U.S. to collect medical supplies for Samuteb Hospital in Kapanga, as well as clothing, books and shoes. Dorothy Loving and Christie R. House report.
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COMMENTARIES
5 reasons millennials like United Methodism

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (UMNS) — One of the most consistent presumptions that United Methodist church consultant Andrew Ponder Williams said he encounters when he works with congregations is that millennials don’t like The United Methodist Church. “The truth is,” he said, “millennials desire and are actively seeking intergenerational and welcoming communities of faith.” He offers five reasons United Methodists are distinctly called to minister with millennials.
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RESOURCES

United Methodist Communications
Plan to observe United Methodist Student Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodist Student Day is officially observed on Nov. 25, but churches can celebrate this Special Sunday with offerings on any day they choose. Funds collected provide scholarships for United Methodist college, university, seminary and graduate students.
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