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Another Year of Decline for U.S. United Methodists

September 24, 2014

As in previous years, the U.S. conferences of the United Methodist Church saw large declines in membership and attendance in 2013.

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40 Years Ago: Communist Coup Deposed Ethiopia’s Last Emperor

September 22, 2014

Emperor Haile Selassie was crowned Emperor upon the death of his predecessor and cousin Empress Zewditu I in 1930, receiving the title “His Imperial Majesty the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Haile Selassie I, Elect of God, Emperor of Ethiopia and King of Kings”.

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Yale Episcopal Chaplain Resigns After Anti-Jewish Comments

September 12, 2014

The chaplain of the Episcopal Church at Yale has resigned from his post this week after his allegedly anti-Semitic letter to the editor of the New York Times sparked controversy.

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United Methodism’s Insoluble Division

September 5, 2014

Recently United Methodist Bishop Scott Jones helpfully compiled a list of the various proposals aimed at solving our denomination’s more than 40 year debate over sexual ethics. What is striking is the implausibility of…

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Churches, Division & Sex

September 1, 2014

Here’s a review by my friend Robert Benne, a distinguished Lutheran theologian and ethicist at Roanoke College: The Morally Divided Body: Ethical Disagreement and the Disunity of the Church Pro Ecclesia Series Editors: Michael…

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Irrefutable: Israel’s Case for Legitimacy

August 29, 2014

Amidst all struggles, Israel reborn as a modern, thriving Jewish state “is undeniably a miracle of God…”

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United Methodist Women Release Election Checklist

August 26, 2014

The United Methodist Women have created a midterm election checklist for its members. Unfortunately, like the organization itself, the checklist is biased, outdated, and largely irrelevant.

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Justice for Palestine

August 22, 2014

Justice is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot by activists. The word is often attached to whatever cause the activist is promoting. The environmental activists speak of earth justice, the…

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Garrett-Evangelical Goes Gay?

August 10, 2014

The president of the United Methodist-affiliated Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has announced a year-long “conversation” about homosexuality and LGBT rights.

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Defining Social Justice

August 4, 2014

Today, nearly any issue of justice in society, real or imagined, falls under the umbrella of social justice. But what does this mean practically speaking…?

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Jesus, Elvis & Bishop Spong

August 1, 2014

Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong used to be a big deal. In the 1980s he appeared on talk shows and wrote provocative books suggesting the Virgin Mary was impregnated by a Roman soldier, or…

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Sen. Rubio Urges Action on Life, Marriage and Healthy Families

July 25, 2014

In Washington D.C. on July 23, 2014, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) united with Catholic University of America to host a forum tackling the impact of family breakdowns. There…