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Echo Giveaway | "In the same way, the United Methodist Church should not undertake to teach people catechisms only so that more of its members may articulate a clear and concise understanding of the basics of faith, but that through their understanding, Methodists might grow in holiness of heart and life." Read a great piece by Teddy Ray, co-author of Echo, on reclaiming a vital aspect of our Wesleyan heritage.  

Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, recently created a stir when he publiclly identified presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and other practicing Mormons, as ‘brothers in Christ.’ This comes as a shock to some, because Mormon teaching, falls well outside the orthodox Christian faith. While we should strive to extend grace in all theological dialog, there comes a time when one must make truth claims concerning those things which are, and those which are not, essential to the Christian faith. What then are the essential, and distinctly Christian, beliefs about Jesus Christ? In this article we offer some suggestions.

When we begin to view all of the church’s ministries as educative, we are encouraged to reflect not only on what we are teaching people, but how we are forming and shaping their walk with Christ. In this article, we offer four fresh and practical suggstions for reigniting the Church's educational ministry.

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