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Reflections on the Olympic spirit

Olympic symbol with Japanese flag

Bishop Laurie Haller writes that she’s always impressed by seeing how athletes deal with pressure. She praised U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles for courage in publicly acknowledging her own struggles. 

Wesley said, ‘Sing lustily.’

How to sing according to John Wesley

To sing from a printed page is different, says the Rev. Jack Harnish. But while he prefers hymnals, he concludes the main thing is to “just sing” as Wesley instructed.

Ten ways baseball is like church

Baseball diamon

“Most of us,” says Ryan Dunn, “are in a process of making sense of the mysteries of faith… and baseball.” Here are how the two compare.

The right to vote matters

Congress acts on right to vote

“People of faith see fair representation, the right to vote, and accountability for elected leaders as moral issues of utmost importance,” says  Susan Henry-Crowe,  General Secretary of the UMC’s Board of Church and Society.

Praise to God comes first

Man giving praise for new day

“Faith is something that precedes an answer to a battle or a crisis,” says the Rev. Cornelius Davis, Jr. He calls us to praise our God, who is good even in challenging times.

Father prepares son for racial injustice

Father and son talk

The Rev. Dr. Byron Thomas, the senior pastor of Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Atlanta, calls on every white father to teach his children about racial injustice.

‘Methodist’ name needs careful use

Methodist refers to three historic Black denominations

The leader of the Commission on Religion & Race notes, “We of United Methodist heritage need to take care we don’t falsely presume to own the name “Methodist.“

Gates had gifts and so do you

Gates Brown's bat hits the ball

How did Gates Brown make it to the major leagues as a Detroit Tiger? Pastor Scott Sherrill tells the story.

Who did you influence today?

A book with lots of influence

There is much in life today that could use some positive influence. The Rev. Glenn Wagner explores the power we have to help people and events change direction for the better.

Pastor urges all to make a difference

Pastor Albert Rush

“Being upset, tired, and worn without action will get us nowhere,” says Pastor Albert Rush.  He invites everyone to “stay in the fight.”