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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…