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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Where Did New UMC Ministers Go to Seminary?

December 19, 2014

A breakdown of where recently ordained United Methodist ministers went to seminary

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Tom Tumblin: Asbury Seminary Launches Church-Planting Initiative

December 11, 2014

Dr. Tom Tumblin is an elder in the West Ohio Conference and is appointed to serve Asbury Seminary as dean of the Beeson International Center for Biblical Preaching and Church Leadership and professor of…

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How American Evangelicals Are NOT Following New Testament Christianity

December 8, 2014

Much more than a single article could be written detailing all the ways in which American evangelical Protestantism looks very different from the early church. Certainly not all of the developments in our external circumstances…

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When Does Pro-Palestinian Advocacy Cross the Line into Anti-Semitism?

December 8, 2014

When do attacks on Israel cross the line into anti-Semitism? Liberal United Methodists recently got into rather dangerous territory.

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United Methodist Agencies, Activists Rally Against Israel

December 5, 2014

With the support of several UMC agencies, Mike Slaughter’s Ginghamsburg Church hosts conference with radical anti-Israel agenda.

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Are UMC Apportionments Too Darn Low?

December 4, 2014

The apportionments the UMC taxes on its local congregations are already relatively high. But some are trying to make them higher.

A panel discussion at the conference.  From L-R: Rev. Bruce Robbins (one of the event organizers), GBPHB General Secretary Barbara Boigegrain, Rev. Susan Henry Crowe of the GBCS, and GBGM chief Thomas Kemper (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

United Methodist Conference Promotes Anti-Israel Divestment, “Boycotting All Things Israeli”

December 3, 2014

A recent pro-Palestinian rally supported by several United Methodist agencies promoted an agenda of divestment and “boycotting all things Israeli.”

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Make a Kingdom Difference on #GivingTuesday

December 2, 2014

This “Giving Tuesday” offers Christians a chance to make a Kingdom difference.

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A St. Louisan’s Prayer for Ferguson

November 26, 2014

UM Action Director John Lomperis offers this reflection and prayers on the violence recently engulfing his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

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10 Things Evangelical United Methodists Can Be Thankful For in 2014

November 26, 2014

While 2014 has been difficult in many ways, here are some important things faithful United Methodists can celebrate this year.

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Some Perspective on UMC “Disobedience” Campaign

November 19, 2014

For all of its bluster and noise, the “biblical disobedience” movement only represents an unimpressively tiny number of all United Methodist clergy.

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Bishops Statement Re-Affirms Vows to Uphold UMC Doctrine, Discipline

November 7, 2014

The UMC Council of Bishops releases a brief statement asking for prayer, re-affirming commitment to guarding the doctrine, unity, and governing Discipline of the denomination.