No excuses, No explanations!

Bishop Frank Beard


Tony Dungy and Mike Tomlin are two gifted and successful football coaches. Both have led Super Bowl winning teams. Both are Christian men of high character with impeccable integrity. These men share a common philosophy that is often summed up in the motto, “No excuses. No explanations.”

God gives us a new song

Bishop Frank Beard


The United Methodist Church and the Illinois Great Rivers Conference are trapped between two extreme songs. One is an old blues tune by Albert King, and one from the Broadway musical which was based upon the Harold Gray comic strip, Little Orphan Annie.

The cost of following Jesus

Bishop Frank Beard


Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” -- Luke 9:23

‘What’s going to happen to my church?’

Bishop Frank Beard


The question was motivated by both concern and fear. She told me that she had been a Methodist all her life and had no desire to change denominations.  I did my best to explain our current Methodist dilemma and to assure her that no one was going to force her out of her church and that at the current time, there was no reason for any United Methodist church to disaffiliate.

He is risen indeed!

Bishop Frank Beard


The greatest event in human history is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is God's City

Bishop Frank Beard


Adversity of every kind are all around us: isolation, detachment, suffering, anger, distress, mistrust, unrest, economic uncertainty, global crisis, racial tensions, division, emotional and physical trauma, devasting loss, and the reality of pain and death.

Good News

Bishop Frank Beard


Good news seems to be in short supply!

The Work of Christmas

Bishop Gregory Palmer


And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.

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:

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