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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While we could quibble over the relationship of the precise steps here, this classic 1922 cartoon illustrates the sort of progressive theological decline exemplified by Bart Campolo (Photo credit: Wikipedia.org)

Bart Campolo’s Slide through Progressive Christianity to Godless Humanism

October 28, 2014

The last few weeks have seen a lot of commentary on Bart Campolo, son of famous liberal evangelical speaker and author Tony Campolo, leaving Christianity to become a devotee of “secular humanism.”

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United Methodist “Supreme Court” Re-Instates Renegade Pastor

October 27, 2014

The United Methodist Church’s “supreme court” has affirmed the reinstatement of a Pennsylvania pastor who was defrocked last year for performing a same-sex union service.

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How Churches Should NOT Address Political Issues

October 27, 2014

A United Methodist case study helpfully illustrates what your church should NOT do when it addresses social and political concerns.

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What is the Foundation for United Methodist Political Lobbying?

October 26, 2014

Last month, the UMC’s political lobby office displayed some striking biblical and theological sloppiness, pointing to deeper problems than any particular social issue.

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Does Gay UMC Group Want to “Burn the Damned Church Down”?

October 13, 2014

A prominent leader of the main United Methodist LGBTQ caucus has expressed support for a call to burn down the denomination for its biblical standards for sexual-self control. This is but a recent example of a disturbing pattern of extreme vitriol on the part of liberal United Methodist leaders.

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Philadelphia UMC Bishop: No More Gay Weddings

October 6, 2014

Johnson pledged that from now on, any United Methodist minister in her jurisdiction who “officiate[s] or host[s] a same-gender ceremony” will have complaints against them “handled swiftly”.

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Philadelphia United Methodist Bishop: No More Gay Weddings!

October 3, 2014

United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson of Philadelphia, who supervises nearly 1,000 United Methodist congregations in Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and eastern Maryland, has just declared that despite her personal liberal sympathies, “it is unacceptable to…

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DC Lobby Attacks UMC “Heterosexism,” Disrespects Global Church

September 26, 2014

At their fall 2014 board meeting, held last week, the board of directors of the United Methodist Church’s D.C. lobby office, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) directors decided to petition the…

NOT the sort of "traditional values" the GBCS should be advocating (Photo credit: Wikipedia.org)

UMC Lobby Office Targets Human Embryos, Okay with “New Eugenics”

September 25, 2014

The controversial Washington office of the United Methodist Church has launched a new attack on the dignity of human embryos and is now even effectively defending eugenics.

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Jesus, Judgment, and the Church: Part 5 of 5

September 12, 2014

Didn’t Jesus Say to “Judge Not”? UM Action Director John Lomperis concludes his five-part series on this important, but widely misunderstood teaching of Jesus Christ in this five-part series.

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Jesus, Judgment, and the Church: Part 4 of 5

September 11, 2014

Didn’t Jesus Say to “Judge Not”? UM Action Director John Lomperis continues examining this important, but widely misunderstood teaching of Jesus Christ in this five-part series.

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Jesus, Judgment, and the Church: Part 3 of 5

September 10, 2014

Didn’t Jesus Say to “Judge Not”? UM Action Director John Lomperis continues examining this important, but widely misunderstood teaching of Jesus Christ in this five-part series.