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To Go On Anyhow

4/5/2018

Rev. Martin Luther King did not come preaching something new; he came shouting something we already knew, but failed to live.


Mission-minded church-school partnerships

5/11/2017

At least 52 churches have partnerships with local schools—and there are several opportunities to help your church think about how you might form one.


A revitalization of relationships

5/4/2017

When we build relationships, we discover what we have in common and begin to see others as people, beloved children of God, and that is how we find our way forward.


Practicing resurrection

4/20/2017

For me, to practice resurrection is to keep an open mind and let God be God, which means doing radically impossible and improbable things.


The promise of Easter

4/13/2017

"Jesus is calling you and me to move from weeping to believing to proclaiming," says Bishop Ough. May you have a blessed Easter!


The practice of listening

4/6/2017

Listening is crucial in our relationship with God, in living an authentic life, in being part of a healthy community, in leading. But we aren’t very good at it.


Connection, cause, or Christ?

4/5/2017

To attract young families, we need to stop trying to attract them with social connections and social causes and start by offering them Christ.


Walking together

3/30/2017

It is time to bury the Doctrine of Discovery forever.


Time to air out church?

3/29/2017

It's time to air out our ministry by taking church outside the walls of our buildings.


Embracing our DNA

3/15/2017

Bishop Ough shares what our founding DNA might tell us about Minnesota United Methodists today.


Living out our calling

3/9/2017

When I was younger, I thought of “called” and “ministry” as words that pertained only to ordained clergy, not the rest of us. But that didn’t last. God presented opportunities to challenge my perspective.


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