What Does a Denomination Strive For?

As I have time, I’m beginning to reflect on the words of the early Free Methodists and the writings they published. The Free Methodist General Conference is approaching in July 2015 in Orlando, Florida. I hope these reflections from early church writings will help us prepare for General Conference. At the end of I have some discussion questions if people wish to share this in small groups or just reflect on the questions in their own devotional time. NUMBERS, WEALTH AND POWER The Earnest Christian July 1872 (a publication published by Free Methodist founder Benjamin Titus Roberts) A few mornings … Continue reading What Does a Denomination Strive For?

An Open Letter to FM Leaders: Have We Forgotten Our Roots?

Dear Leaders of the North American Free Methodist Church, In 2008 I discovered why I loved being a Free Methodist – our history of social justice. Namely living out Galatians 3:28. “In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.”(The Message) I grew up in the Free Methodist Church, but I had no idea that … Continue reading An Open Letter to FM Leaders: Have We Forgotten Our Roots?

Building The Old Time Religion: Giving Progressive Era Women Evangelists Due Credit

Priscilla Pope-Levison’s new book Building The Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era is the most significant contribution to the collective memory of women evangelists in the United States since Janette Hassey’s 1986 book No Time for Silence. … Continue reading Building The Old Time Religion: Giving Progressive Era Women Evangelists Due Credit

Another Side to D.C.

“Heeelll No! What, what are you doing standing outside my door?” demands a woman to my husband. He’s innocently standing in the hall of our hotel waiting for me to grab my coat and join him. “Uh, waiting for my wife.” “Sorry,” I say flashing a smile as we walk by. “It’s okay, you can’t be too careful in D.C.” I thought the woman’s comment was odd, considering we were staying at an upscale suite style hotel. We could only afford it because of an amazing online deal I’d found. The next day I noticed the same woman waiting in … Continue reading Another Side to D.C.

I’m a 30 year-old Evangelical Woman Without Kids- What am I thinking?!!

  I have to admit something I’ve denied for three months now. I’m 30. As an    evangelical woman who is married and doesn’t have kids this is the worst    possible age to be. I refused to acknowledge I had a birthday this year.  Telling family and friends to just ignore that day and insisting for six months  before my birthday that no one dare tell anyone I was turning 30. I was “29  and holding.” However, over the past month I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am no longer in my 20s. I’ve accomplished a … Continue reading I’m a 30 year-old Evangelical Woman Without Kids- What am I thinking?!!

Returning to the Urban Ministry of Early Free Methodists

Fall of 2012 my husband and I moved into Toledo, Ohio. We bought an 1899 Edwardian home in the Birmingham neighborhood. Demographically the neighborhood is filled with renters, many of them working for minimum wage or on welfare. There are a lot of single mothers and a lot of kids. Many of my neighbors don’t have the Internet; instead going to the library on Monday or Tuesday evenings to check their e-mail there. It’s a very different community from the suburban neighborhood we had previously lived in. Buying a house, moving, and getting settled took away all my blogging time … Continue reading Returning to the Urban Ministry of Early Free Methodists