Advent Week 1 — Attitude of Hope

We celebrate the coming of the Christ child during Advent, but we sometimes forget to celebrate why Jesus came to earth in the first place. Many Christians recognize that He came to provide for our salvation and reconciliation with God. This holiday season, let’s embrace Jesus’ mission, and recognize that because of Jesus’ arrival as…Read more »

Miracle of Innocence

Darryl Burton, a newly ordained elder in The United Methodist Church sat in prison for 24 years. Lamont McIntyre sat in prison for 23 years. Neither man actually committed the murders for which they were accused. A ministry in New Jersey helped exonerate them, but there was no assistance to help them reacclimate to society.…Read more »

Adapting Church: Virtual Choir

The worship team at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Papillion, Nebraska, missed its choir. Like so many others, the church had to cancel choir amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But a group of lay people and the church’s pastor worked together to figure out how to create a virtual choir. Now, with three songs under…Read more »

Class Meetings: History as Future

In the third of a three-part series on class meetings, Todd explores how class meetings provided a model of growth and evangelism in the past and how they can be a sustainable force in the present. Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. is the featured guest who shares a vision for how class meetings can sustain a…Read more »

The Color of Law

Richard Rothstein started exploring how segregation impacted education. What he discovered was how detrimental policies set by federal agencies deliberately held down African Americans regarding housing. As a result, Black Americans have not been able to build wealth, they live near more environmental hazards and have continued to be treated as second-class citizens. Rothstein records…Read more »

Let’s Talk About Race

We may never be able to conquer racism if we don’t start openly talking about racism and the way it impacts our entire society. In this episode, Todd talks with the Rev. Kathy Williams, an African-American pastor serving a small town in Kansas, who talks about the silence she observed after the death of George…Read more »

Class Meetings: Laity as the Key

We continue our look at class meetings and class leaders by taking a look at a pilot project in the Great West District in Nebraska, where Pastor Mark Baldwin is helping mentor a class leader. We also talk to Lisa Maupin, Great Plains Conference lay leader, about the way the class meeting model can help…Read more »

Class Meetings: Why Now?

Class meetings — with strong class leaders — were among the ways the Methodist movement spread westward and through the prairies of the United States. But could looking to the denomination’s past help laity and churches pave the way to a brighter, more vital future? In this first of several episodes about class meetings, host…Read more »

Response to Racism

In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis — and following our previous episode titled “Black Lives Matter,” we explore how people can respond to help end racism. In this episode, we talk openly about what white people can do to help, and we explore what it means when we say “white…Read more »