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.

A Faithful United Methodist Witness in the Big Apple

Encouragement from Palm Sunday at a good United Methodist congregation in New York City.

SYMPOSIUM: How NOT to Reach Millennials

Recently, some have prominently called for American churches to better attract young adults by pandering to secular liberal values, particularly on sex outside of man-woman marriage. But how well do such efforts actually work, either in achieving their goal of attracting young adults or in maintaining basic Christian faithfulness?

Western Jurisdiction Liberals Tout Global Segregation as Perhaps their “Only Hope” for UMC

Liberal United Methodists are once again rallying around Global Segregation in hopes of drastically curtailing African influence in denominational affairs and theologically liberalizing the church.

Is Fred Phelps a Saint?

A liberal United Methodist caucus group is forced by its own deficient theology to count recently deceased hatemonger Fred Phelps among the saints.

Lesbian Activist to Chair UMC Review of Frank Schaefer’s Latest Church-Draining Appeal

Frank Schaefer was recently defrocked for refusing to respect the UMC’s ban on blessing same-sex unions. But now his appeal will be heard by another official UMC leadership body, whose chair is a lesbian activist.

Complaints Filed Against Bishop Talbert, Shrouded in Mystery

Formal complaints have finally been filed against retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert of San Francisco. But much of the process remains intentionally hidden from public view.

How Cultural Captivity Prevents Churches from Offering Good News

How cultural captivity and intimidation of churches leads to withholding Christian compassion from the victims of violence all around us.

#Facepalm Friday: Prostitution as the New Methodist Sexual Liberation Front?

A liberal United Methodist caucus suggests celebrating teenage prostitution as a means of “liberation.”

A New Network for Faithful United Methodists

Faithful United Methodists have formed a new covenant network to support each other through relationship-building, accountability, mentoring the next generation of leaders, growing and planting vital congregations, and sharing resources and best practices for effective ministry.

The Methodist Lobby Office and the Minefields of Blasphemy and De-Evangelism

How the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of the United Methodist Church, and others seeking church endorsement of political agendas, risk blasphemy and hurting the church’s mission.