A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church

Bishop Gregory Palmer


On Nov. 4, the Council of Bishops overwhelming approved A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church (see page 9 of this issue of The Current). Last week, the delegates of the North Central Jurisdiction voted to affirm the document.

For All the Saints

Bishop Gregory Palmer


As much of the culture is ramping up for Halloween I am praying and singing my way to All Saints Day, Nov. 1. That said please take a moment and join me in singing, reciting, praying the words of hymn For All the Saints:

In memory of Henri Nouwen

Bishop Gregory Palmer


In memory of Henri Nouwen

Ministry on 9-11: a 20th anniversary reflection

Robert Phillips


A retired Navy chaplain recalls the events of 9-11 and how those events shaped the response of those providing spiritual support to our military.

An Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Share Your Story


Ava Williams shares an experience she had at a Holy Spirit Conference offered by the John Wesley Fellowship and the impact it has had on her life and faith.

Welcome Back

Bishop Gregory Palmer


Grace to you and Peace from the God we know through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Owner...or steward?

Charliam Renner


Much of life’s struggles and lack of congregational vitality center around this basic principle—stewardship verses ownership. Until General Conference approves new ways for Bishops, pastors, and congregations to continue as stewards, then “raiding trees,” grasping, clinging, and seeking to own are wrong because they are beyond what God has made permissible for stewards.

Update from Bishop Beard

Bishop Frank Beard


We received the news from our follow up appointment at Mayo Clinic that neither of the initial surgeries were successful. The pressure in both eyes remains at unacceptable levels. My sight is continuing to decrease. I will be having eye surgery on July 28 for my left eye. The recovery time is 8-10 weeks. There will be an additional surgery on my right eye when the left eye has had an opportunity to recover.

It’s not your table, it’s God’s table!

Bishop Frank Beard


Max came to church about once a quarter. Even that was too much for some of the more “dignified” church members.

Seeing with God's eyes

Bishop Frank Beard


I believe that God is asking the people called United Methodist if we are serious about following Jesus? God is challenging us to see a much bigger picture than our local church, our district, our Annual Conference, our Episcopal area, and our jurisdiction.   God is trying to get us to see that the spiritual stakes are far too high and significant for us to put the emphasis on getting our individual preferences satisfied while the fields are full of folks that have never heard the “good news” of a Savior that loves them and died for their sins.   I am convinced that the modern United Methodist church has settled for praying the “prayer of Jabez” while God has been trying to teach us the prayer of John Baptist, “He [Jesus] must increase and I must decrease.” The prayer of Jabez is a self-focused prayer.

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