John Lomperis

John Lomperis

John Lomperis is IRD’s United Methodist Director. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, and has an M.Div from Harvard University.
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“Just Resolution” Reached in Complaint Against Evangelical United Methodist Pastor

April 1, 2015

This article may be a bit on the lengthy side, but you will want to read to the end of this report on an interesting new development. Rev. Dr. John Wesley Jones of First…

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Evangelicals Dominate Fastest-Growing Large United Methodist Churches

March 30, 2015

The fastest-growing large United Methodist congregations are overwhelmingly led by theologically orthodox senior pastors.

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Virginia “Just Resolutions” Show Liberal Methodist Zeal of “Punishment for Thee but not for Me”

March 23, 2015

The divergent responses of liberal United Methodists to controversies in Virginia demonstrates a zeal for harshly punishing evangelical clergy while protecting only clergy within their own narrow faction.

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Wealthy Caucus Offers to Pay UMC Clergy Who Break Ordination Vows

March 19, 2015

For any church to function, it needs to have a certain level of basic doctrinal and moral standards (especially for ordained clergy and others in leadership), some clear policies followed with some degree of…

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Virginia “Just Resolutions” Offer Mild Penalties, Profiles in Non-Courage

March 18, 2015

Two Virginia United Methodist clergy receive light punishments for performing same-sex unions, highlighting both the need to reform our accountability structure and the offenders’ lack of courage.

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Even in Addressing “Slippery Slope,” Gay Methodist Caucus Won’t Oppose Multiple Partners

March 10, 2015

The main United Methodist LGBTQ caucus attempts to refute “slippery slope” arguments on gay marriage, but ends up admitting openness to multiple partners, amidst other bizarreness.

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What Seth Rogen Can Teach the United Methodist Church about Social Justice and Human Rights

February 19, 2015

What I wish leaders of my denomination would learn from Seth Rogen’s moral vision.

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United Methodism’s Human Rights Hat-Trick of Early 2015

February 19, 2015

Celebrating three recent examples of much-needed responsibility and moral consistency in United Methodist human-rights advocacy.

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Large UMC Congregation Halts Paying Apportionments: Liberal Hypocrisy (Part 2)

January 29, 2015

Exposing the hypocrisies of liberal United Methodist critiques of an evangelical protest against paying denominational apportionments.

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Large UMC Congregation Halts Paying Apportionments: Our Bishops’ Failures (Part 1)

January 28, 2015

A large UMC congregations halts paying denominational apportionments, highlighting failures of United Methodist bishops.

From Left to Right: Tooley, Lomperis, Renfroe, and Miller.

Renewal and Reform Coalition Decries Talbert Resolution as “Inadequate, Unfitting, and Improper”

January 26, 2015

United Methodist renewal leaders stand united in decrying Talbert resolution, calling for corrective action by bishops, annual conferences, and General Conference.

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United Methodist Bishops and Adultery

January 24, 2015

Looking at the challenges facing the United Methodist Council of Bishops through the lens of the biblical metaphor of adultery.