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Tradition: We are Not So Alone

July 18, 2014

Tradition is not a separate entity from your own personal Experience. Tradition is not a dead static heirloom which you may or may not perpetuate…


Choppy Waters Ahead: A Discussion with a UMC Bishop

July 16, 2014

Increasing pressure to address the issues of same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT persons have set a rather precarious stage…


The Latest Threat to Evangelical Support for Israel

July 10, 2014

Conservative Christians have generally been known for their enthusiastic support for the Jewish state. But a new movement of young activists is seeking to change that.


Your Faith is Now Intrinsically Offensive. Are You Ready for the Fallout?

May 25, 2014

Picture a world in which Christianity has all but vanished with little hope of resurgence, a world where the marginalization of Christians has morphed into persecution and genocide…


The Discipline of Matrimony in the Orthodox Church

May 15, 2014

Unlike Western churches, there is no sense of marriage as a contractual agreement between the couple. If there is a contractual element, it is in the Betrothal, and not seen as sacramental.

Bishop Timothy Whitaker (Photo credit: Kathy Gilbert / UMNS)

Bishop Timothy Whitaker: The Gospels and Eyewitness Testimony

April 29, 2014

Retired Bishop Timothy Whitaker recommends a helpful resource for defending the reliability of the four biblical gospels against secular and theologically liberal challenges.

Sanjiang Church in Zhejiang province

Chinese Christians Rattle Government

April 18, 2014

For some Chinese Communist Party officials, seeing crosses atop churches from a highway are an intolerable symbol of who owns the future. Christianity is transforming the country…

Photo courtesy of the United Muslim-Christian Forum.

Muslims of the Americas’ Anti-Semitic Interfaith Campaign

April 9, 2014

The group’s website and video are full of anti-Semitism. Either their interfaith partners failed to visit its website or ignored it.

So many of the UMC's current problems are fueled by a denominational epidemic of simple biblical illiteracy.  (Photo credit:

Rebuilding and Defending United Methodism Today – Part 2 of 9: Biblical Groundedness

December 11, 2013

Practical, systematic strategies for how United Methodist congregations can combat the famine of biblical illiteracy plaguing the United Methodist Church. Part 2 of 9 from UM Action Director John Lomperis’s recent “Rebuilding and Defending United Methodism Today” speech.


A Quran, a Bible, and a Machete

August 1, 2013

Djallo looked at the two books placed on the table before him.  The Quran he had been taught since he was a boy.  The Bible he had just begun to know.  The Bible had…

#Facepalm Friday: Dear Theo, My Partner Wants an Open Relationship

July 26, 2013

The United Church of Christ has an advice column on its official website.  This week a reader is caught between embracing polyamory and stifling his partners lust with old fashioned monogamy.  It is hard…

Missional United Methodism for the 21st Century – Part 2 of 6: Scripture

June 25, 2013

The following remarks were delivered by UMAction Director John Lomperis on June 15 at the annual lunch of Cal-Pac Renewal, the evangelical renewal caucus within the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church. Emphasis…