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After 4.5 years and 270 posts — including 30 podcasts and more than 60 pieces of original reporting — MethodistThinker.com is being discontinued. The archive will remain intact, but this site will not be updated, except for occasional new material in the ThinkerTwitter field at right.-

I invite you to subscribe to a radio program/podcast — The World & Everything in It — for which I now serve as senior producer and co-host. Gospel Coalition blogger Trevin Wax describes it as being “like NPR from a Christian worldview.”

The program, produced by WORLD News Group (publisher of WORLD Magazine), is available via iTunes, RSS, and online streaming. Details here.

TW&E is also heard on more than 250 broadcast outlets in the U.S.

Thank you for reading MethodistThinker.com.

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Joseph Slife, editor

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MethodistThinker returns

Following a five-month hiatus, MethodistThinker.com is returning to active status — but with significant changes.

This blog has always been a labor-intensive enterprise, with a significant number of posts involving original reporting. Some posts were literally weeks (even months!) in the making. Now, because of other obligations, such a laborious approach to producing this blog is no longer possible.

Therefore, MethodistThinker.com will go forward with a mix of previously produced content plus new content prepared by other writers.

Also, this blog will no longer have a comments section at the bottom of each post. Although many readers posted well-articulated and thoughtful comments, it became necessary to moderate the comments sections to keep this blog from becoming a platform for intemperate language, ad hominem attacks, and heretical statements. Since I no longer have time to police comments, the simplest alternative is to turn off the comments.

If you have questions or concerns, email feedback@methodistthinker.com.

Joseph Slife
MethodistThinker.com

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After three years and 236 posts — including 30 podcasts and more than 60 pieces of original reporting — MethodistThinker.com is going on hiatus for an indefinite period.

The ThinkerTwitter and Facebook feeds will continue, albeit on a reduced schedule.

Thank you for reading MethodistThinker.com.
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Update: I invite you to listen to a new weekly radio program that I am co-hosting — The World & Everything in It. The program, produced by WORLD News Group, is heard on more than 150 broadcast outlets in the U.S.

TW&E is also available as a podcast. Details here.

Joseph Slife
MethodistThinker.com

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Listed below are the 10 most-viewed MethodistThinker posts over the past 12 months (three posts in this year’s Top 10 list were first posted in 2009 — the publication date for each post is shown in parentheses):

  1. Adam Hamilton: ‘We are in desperate need of excellent preaching’ (Oct. 12, 2009)
  2. Why the United Methodist Church cannot condone homosexuality (March 15, 2010)
  3. United Methodist Church facing health bill fallout (March 31, 2010)
  4. House Speaker thanks UMC for help in passing health bill (March 24, 2010)
  5. How did the UMC come to define health care as a ‘right’? (Nov. 11, 2009)
  6. Defying denomination, UM church in D.C. offers to perform same-sex weddings (March 4, 2010)
  7. Claremont president: Christians shouldn’t evangelize people of other faiths (July 6, 2010)
  8. Riley Case: The future of the United Methodist Church is at stake (July 16, 2010)
  9. In GBCS article, UM elder argues against celibacy for single clergy (June 20, 2010)
  10. Podcast: E. Stanley Jones on ‘The Gift of the Holy Spirit’ (May 4, 2009)

For the second year in a row, the most-listened-to MethodistThinker Podcast during the past 12 months was a May 2009 program featuring a 1960 sermon by the late Methodist missionary, E. Stanley Jones (the companion post for that podcast is #10 in the list above).

Thank you for reading MethodistThinker.com!

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In response to reader requests, we have launched a MethodistThinker “Facebook Fan” page.

The page mirrors the ThinkerTwitter feed, seen in the column at right. So if you already “follow” us on Twitter, there is no need to “Like” the MethodstThinker Facebook page unless you prefer the functionality of Facebook.

The link to our new Facebook page is here (and at the top of the right column).

Thank you for reading MethodistThinker.

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