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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GOOD NEWS: Indiana United Methodists Endorse Pro-Life, Reform Petitions

June 3, 2015

A productive Indiana annual conference adopted several good petitions and elected UM Action Director John Lomperis as a General Conference delegate!

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Is It HOW We Read the Bible or IF We Read the Bible?

May 19, 2015

A closer look indicates that progressive and orthodox versions of Christianity differ not only in HOW they interpret the Bible and WHAT they believe about biblical authority, but more basically IF adherents even read the Bible.

Rev. Henry-Crowe delivering her General Secretary's address at this meeting (Photo credit: IRD)

The Left Wing of the Democratic Party at “Mother Earth” Prayer?

May 12, 2015

The spiritual foundation for the UMC lobby office’s work includes misquoting Scripture in some places, directly opposing it elsewhere, and bizarre “Mother Earth” prayer.

From L-to-R: Henry-Crowe, Hoshibata, and GBCS board secretary Chelsea Calderon (Photo: GBCS / Rick Reinhard)

Methodist Lobby: Divest from Israel, Invest in North Korea, Legalize Prostitution

May 11, 2015

The United Methodist lobby office’s General Conference agenda now includes divesting from Israel, investing in North Korea, and advocating for legalized prostitution.

Rev. Dr. Peter Bellini addresses the conference (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

United Methodist Seminary Tackles Spiritual Warfare

May 2, 2015

An official United Methodist seminary devotes an entire conference to spiritual warfare

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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.