LLM: August 2014

Secret Partners? A few years ago, I took a group of Free Methodist teens to hear ...

The University and the Church

As a churchman and an educator, I look often at the relationship we at Hope Africa University enjoy with the Free Methodist Church of Burundi. I believe there is a fruitful synergy, some of which can only be intuited and not measured. The foundational fact is the Hope Africa University is a Free Methodist school. […]

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Evangelism and the Kingdom of God

The term “evangelism” in the New Testament refers specifically to the good news of the kingdom of God. Thus “to evangelize” means literally “to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom.” Jesus came “proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness” (Matthew 9:35). In Luke 4:43, Jesus declares that His […]

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LLM: August 2014

Secret Partners? A few years ago, I took a group of Free Methodist teens to hear several Christian music artists perform. The event heavily promoted a child-sponsorship organization that offered to change a child’s life for $38 a month. The teens were moved by the videos and musicians’ endorsements, and at least one teen rushed to […]

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Embracing the Newcomer

People are moving. More than half of the world’s population now resides in cities. That number is expected to rise, according to a 2013 report by the World Health Organization. Cities attract a large diversity of people, but we usually think of cities as singular things: centers of art or sporting events or decay. We […]

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Peculiar Partnerships

Global partnerships require a peculiar love. When we work together with other Christians, we realize Christians do not all think alike,  behave alike or see the same things. John Wesley encouraged the Methodist movement to learn to work together for the kingdom’s advancement. His “Catholic Spirit” sermon states that Methodists need to have a “peculiar […]

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Don’t Swim Alone

I’m always amazed when we don’t dive into the deep end of God’s plan to save the world. I’m amazed when we kick around in the shallow end, splashing a lot, but with little effect, missing the risk and rewards of deep water. God’s plan to save the world, through the gift of His son, […]

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Strategic Global Evangelism

Christian fruit withers when its branch is grafted onto an unregenerate root. Paul expected the gospel root to produce Christian fruit, and Christian culture and Christian institutions to come in consequence of his evangelism. Christian institutions are then indigenous, growing out of the regenerate nature of the people, and not imposed upon their paganism. Increasingly […]

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Life-Changing Partnerships

When Eric Spangler’s superintendent asked him to accompany a Free Methodist bishop on an Asian ministry tour, he initially wasn’t enthusiastic that the tour included India, but he soon loved the South Asian nation. “The place that I was most afraid of was the place that captured my heart most,” said Spangler, the lead pastor […]

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FMYC Shines God’s Light

Nearly 800 young Free Methodists gathered July 5 in the darkened auditorium of the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. Free Methodist Youth Conference main stage speaker Phil Manginelli appeared with a single lightbulb and reflected on the light that brought the teens to the Colorado State University campus. “Jesus is the one true, great […]

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