It’s Still About Your Church

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.0.11″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.0.11″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.0.11″][et_pb_team_member name=”By Gary E. Mueller” position=”Bishop of the Arkansas Annual Conference” facebook_url=”” twitter_url=”” _builder_version=”3.27.3″][/et_pb_team_member][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.11″] I am ready to admit something I’ve been in denial about for a long time. Even though I’ve invested a great deal of blood, sweat and tears trying, I simply cannot fix what’s broken in […]

Meet at the Manger

While I can’t know with certainty, I have a feeling the first two Christians probably had a theological discussion over their respective interpretations of the faith. Not surprisingly, similar discussions have continued ever since, because faith is ultimately something very personal. These differences, however, have taken an ugly turn recently. A huge gulf has opened […]

A letter from the bishop

Dear Sisters and Brothers, We are only weeks from the Special Session of General Conference in St. Louis Feb. 24-26. I must confess, I don’t know what’s going to happen. Just as I don’t know what it will mean here in Arkansas. Or how you’re going to react. Like you, I’ve noticed these weeks preceding […]

My favorite nativity

Every year as I unwrap my favorite Nativity from its storage box, I inevitably spend a few moments reflecting while I put all the figures in their proper place. Quite frankly, and somewhat surprisingly, it’s always a bit depressing as I remember how often Jesus remains stuck in the manger as merely a sentimental figure, […]

Growing Together in Christ: What Kind of Church Do We Want To Be?

What kind of church do we want to be? In a sense, it’s so audacious to think I could possibly answer such a question that I need to repent for even considering trying. But it’s also so important that it’s essential to try, even if I fall short. The question about the future of the […]