Opening worship service sermon

“The Radical Invitation” is the title of the sermon delivered by Bishop Larry Goodpaster, President of the Council of Bishops, during the opening worship service of the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The scripture is: Mark 1.14-20


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The Rev. Stephen W. Rankin. Photo by Hillsman Stuart Jackson, © Southern Methodist University.

It is time to separate

“As Genesis 25 says of Rebekah’s twins, we are like two nations struggling in the same womb,” writes former university chaplain.
General Church
Delegates raise their hands during a session of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. The coronavirus pandemic has led organizers to postpone General Conference again to 2022, leaving delegates with mixed emotions. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Another GC2020 delay brings relief, chagrin

While not disputing COVID-19’s ongoing threat, some delegates expressed frustration that so many big decisions about The United Methodist Church’s future remain on hold.
General Church
The Rev. Stanley R. Copeland. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Stanley R. Copeland

A vision of new United Methodism

Just as the world will face a new normal due to ways that COVID-19 has changed us, the new United Methodism will definitely be different, writes a Dallas pastor.