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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Seth Rogen (Photo credit: Wikimedia.org)

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.

Freedom House's latest global map of freedom.

United Methodism’s Human Rights Hat-Trick of Early 2015

February 19, 2015

Celebrating three recent examples of much-needed responsibility and moral consistency in United Methodist human-rights advocacy.

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Large UMC Congregation Halts Paying Apportionments: Liberal Hypocrisy (Part 2)

January 29, 2015

Exposing the hypocrisies of liberal United Methodist critiques of an evangelical protest against paying denominational apportionments.

Our bishops responded in a very weak and enabling way to protesters' bullying takeover of the last General Conference (Photo credit: UMNS / John Goodwin)

Large UMC Congregation Halts Paying Apportionments: Our Bishops’ Failures (Part 1)

January 28, 2015

A large UMC congregations halts paying denominational apportionments, highlighting failures of United Methodist bishops.

From Left to Right: Tooley, Lomperis, Renfroe, and Miller.

Renewal and Reform Coalition Decries Talbert Resolution as “Inadequate, Unfitting, and Improper”

January 26, 2015

United Methodist renewal leaders stand united in decrying Talbert resolution, calling for corrective action by bishops, annual conferences, and General Conference.

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United Methodist Bishops and Adultery

January 24, 2015

Looking at the challenges facing the United Methodist Council of Bishops through the lens of the biblical metaphor of adultery.

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HYPOCRISY ALERT: Talbert Defends Money over Faithfulness, Wants Complaints vs. Others but Not Self

January 22, 2015

The recently announced joke of a “just resolution” for Mel Talbert highlights some glaring hypocrisies of the retired United Methodist bishop.

One of my fellow marchers (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

Of Pro-Life Marching and the Social Irrelevance of Liberal United Methodism

January 20, 2015

A wonderful pro-life march in Chicago points to the social irrelevancy of liberal United Methodism.

Bishop Mel Talbert

“Sad but Not Surprising”: Retired United Methodist Bishop Escapes Penalty

January 6, 2015

In October 2013, long-retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert invaded the North Alabama territory of Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett to perform a same-sex union, disregarding the protests of the latter and the leadership of the denomination’s Council of Bishops.

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The Wonderful, Burdensome Message of Christmas

December 23, 2014

The message of Christmas is actually very burdensome for those who would be Christ’s true followers. And this is wonderful.

John Wesley statue at Asbury's main campus (credit: Wikipedia.org)

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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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…