Maxie Dunnam on Adam Hamilton’s “Seeing Gray”

by (@markdtooley) April 9, 2013

Former Asbury Seminary President Maxie Dunnam is one of the great elder statesmen of United Methodism, widely respected even by many who don’t share his evangelical beliefs. In a recent Facebook post, he offered this commentary on renowned Kansas mega church pastor Adam Hamilton. SEEING GRAY IN A WORLD OF BLACK AND WHITE Adam Hamilton […]

Report to UM Action Steering Committee: Challenges and Hope for our Historic Turning Point

by (@JohnLomperis) April 2, 2013

The following remarks were delivered by UMAction Director John Lomperis to the UMAction Steering Committee on April 2, 2013. Shortly before Christmas, I was honored to accept and formally begin my work as your new director of the UMAction program of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. America’s second-largest Protestant denomination appears to be at […]

Talk Grows of Liberal Exodus from UMC

by (@JohnLomperis) February 27, 2013

By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) Since last spring’s General Conference, there has been an unprecedented mushrooming of talk of liberal exodus from the United Methodist Church.  For all of the surrounding frustration, that landmark event in Tampa, Florida was an apparent turning point in the struggle for the soul of our global denomination.  Delegates affirmed the denomination’s […]

Responses to Adam Hamilton on Marriage, Slavery, and Bible

by (@markdtooley) February 25, 2013

Maxie Dunnam Kansas United Methodist mega church pastor Adam Hamilton’s essay in “The Washington Post” comparing church disapproval of homosexual practice to early 19th century support for slavery has provoked several published responses. Check out columns by Asbury Seminary President Tim Tennent and Good News leaders Rob Renfroe and Tom Lambrecht. There’s also my own piece […]

An Interfaith Gathering of Presidential Proportions: the Inaugural Prayer Service

by (@TheIRD) January 23, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia Yesterday morning, many high profile faith and political leaders gathered at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. to begin President Obama’s second term with a prayer service.  This service featured a large interfaith group of leaders with a majority Christian presence. There were 3 representatives of Judaism, 2 representatives of Islam, […]

Inaugural Prayer Controversies

by (@TheIRD) January 22, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) American civil religion is always exemplified in presidential inaugurals. Typically the selection of clergy for inaugural prayers has not been controversial. But amid culture war of recent years and secularization of America’s elites, plus the implosion of once predominant Mainline Protestantism in favor of evangelicals, inaugurations have more recently showcased the […]

United Methodist Thought for Election Day

by (@markdtooley) November 5, 2012

Mainline Protestants were once commonly renowned for their stately spiritual care for the nation.  Dating back four centuries of our history, Mainliners traditionally exuded a unique sensibility regarding American democracy. United Methodist megachurch pastor Adam Hamilton of Kansas City recaptured some of that sensibility in his Election Day commentary.  He cited New England Puritan leader […]

The 2012 Election and Adam Hamilton’s Shades of Gray

by (@TheIRD) October 17, 2012

By Addie Darling In his sermon last Sunday, megachurch pastor and author Adam Hamilton of prominent United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas spoke to his congregation about the upcoming election, and the Christian case for civil discourse. During his sermon on Eph. 4:29-32, Rev. Hamilton gently reminded his congregation that Christians can […]