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A Review of “Seeing Black and White in a Gray World: The Need for Theological Reasoning in the Church’s Debate Over Sexuality”

by Rod Groom Dr. Bill T. Arnold is Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and author of twelve books. Dr. Arnold is an elder in the United Methodist Church, and has been a delegate to … Continue reading

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Jesus – A Light the World Can’t Put Out

by Chet Klinger Luke records these prophetic words from Simeon to Mary in Chapter 2:34-35: “Behold, this Christ is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and a sign which will be spoken against (and a sword … Continue reading

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SAVE THE DATE: November 21, 2015

Rob Renfroe, author of The Trouble with the Truth: Balancing Truth and Grace, will be at First UMC in Brandon on November 21 from 10:00am-3:00 pm. Rob is the Pastor of Discipleship at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in Texas.  He is also … Continue reading

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A CALL FOR FASTING and PRAYING  

Maxie D. Dunham, President Emeritus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky is widely known as an evangelist, leader, and pioneer in small-group ministries. As lay and clergy delegates begin preparing for the work of the General Conference next Spring, he is asking … Continue reading

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News Items

NEWS FROM UMC.ORG Poll: Small changes in church homosexuality views By Heather Hahn Sept. 14, 2015 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) Have the views of U.S. United Methodists on same-sex marriage changed since the Supreme Court legalized such marriages across the country? The … Continue reading

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New Room Conference/New Room Network

by Rod Groom Did you know… that there is a charismatic Pentecostal Wesleyan church denomination planting new church starts? that the typical Christian in the United States in the future may be a thirty-year-old Asian woman? that the CMA churches … Continue reading

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Are Conservatives Trying to Split the Church?

Last year, eighty conservative pastors and theologians suggested it may be time for progressives and conservatives to consider an “amicable separation” in the United Methodist Church. Since the issues surrounding same-sex marriage and the ordination of homosexuals could not be resolved, … Continue reading

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On “Dividing the United Methodist Church”

by Rod Groom PBS’s “To the Contrary” Series recently aired a special on how the sexuality issues are dividing our denomination. You can still see it on YouTube here. This 25-minute video is fairly well-balanced, and covers most of the … Continue reading

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Petitions to General Conference

At the 2015 Florida Annual Conference, members of FLUME presented Petitions to General Conference that we wanted considered by the Annual Conference. If the Annual Conference had approved these, they would have had more weight in being forwarded on to … Continue reading

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Petitions by Steering Committee Member

Rev. Mason Dorsey has submitted two petitions to General Conference concerning consequences for clergy performing same-sex celebrations. These include provisions for offending bishops as well. Both petitions are available on the website, http://flumevangelicals.com, under Petitions to General Conference on the … Continue reading

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