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.
In bringing ecumenical greetings to the United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting last week, a bishop of the Episcopal Church bizarrely defended the alleged theological orthodoxy of his denomination.
A renegade United Methodist pastor is held accountable for his covenant-breaking defiance of the United Methodist Church’s biblical policies on sexual morality.
The United Methodist Council of Bishops has formally rebuked and called for formal charges against radical retired Bishop Mel Talbert for his flaunting the denomination’s connectional covenant by invading a younger, faithful, active bishop’s territory to perform a same-sex union service.
The global United Methodist Council is now meeting, in the face of rapidly deepening fractures in the denomination caused by a retired bishop and a few other radical clergy refusing to submit to biblical, United Methodist teaching or even keep their own word.
An official agency for the United Methodist Church has some good online resources for observing the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church this month.
In a dramatic defiance of UMC church law, retired Bishop Mel Talbert has become the first known United Methodist bishop to perform a homosexual union ceremony. This epic clash pits Talbert and other members of the denomination’s fading liberal old guard against younger generations of more orthodox UMC leadership.
In response to retired Bishop Mel Talbert’s increasingly brazen covenant-breaking misbehavior, the UMC Council of Bishops executive committee is finally showing some leadership, publicly calling on him to abandon his widely publicized plans to bless a same-sex union this weekend in open defiance of church law.