How Cultural Captivity Prevents Churches from Offering Good News

by (@JohnLomperis) March 14, 2014

How cultural captivity and intimidation of churches leads to withholding Christian compassion from the victims of violence all around us.

United Methodist Figureheads Seek Arrest…Again

by (@bjgingerich) February 17, 2014

Bishop Carcaño, no stranger to liberal political activism, announced, “We are willing to be arrested in front of the White House to tell the president that compassion on immigration starts with the stroke of his pen.”

Are Persecuted Christians Worthy of Concern in Syria but not North Korea?

by (@JohnLomperis) January 30, 2014

Why is the United Methodist Church’s lobby office concerned for persecuted Christians in Syria but not in North Korea?

“Faithfully” Opposing Pipelines in Favor of Trucks?

by (@markdtooley) October 29, 2013

Faithful America is “a fast-growing online community dedicated to reclaiming Christianity from the religious right and putting faith into action for social justice.” It’s also funded by George Soros and other left-wing secular philanthropies for “organizing the faithful to take on right-wing extremists and renew the church’s prophetic role in building a more free and […]

An Interesting Time to Be United Methodist

by (@JohnLomperis) October 17, 2013

A must-read big-picture overview of the big-picture trends, challenges, and opportunities currently facing the United Methodist Church, recently delivered by IRD’s United Methodist director John Lomperis to the UM Action Steering Committee.

Syria War, Churches, Methodists, Franco, Spanish Civil War & Providence

by (@markdtooley) September 9, 2013

In contrast with the United Methodist Board of Church and Society’s usual pacifist platitudes, two United Methodist bishops have made relatively thoughtful, careful statements on the Syria War. Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Greater Northwest Conference urged joining Pope Francis’s call for fasting and prayer. And Hagiya avoided making a specific political recommendation. Instead, he […]

The United Methodist Lobby Office and Pitting God Against Jesus

by (@JohnLomperis) August 5, 2013

The Rev. Ryan Barnett is senior pastor of St. John’s UMC in Corpus Christi, Texas and a member of the board of directors for the Confessing Movement within the United Methodist Church. This article originally appeared on his personal blog ( under the title “Wishing God were more like Jesus.”

North Carolina United Methodist Conference Draws Attention to Gosnell Horrors

by (@bjgingerich) June 17, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) Many thanks to Matt O’Reilly for spotlighting the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (NCCUMC), which recently issued a resolution on the General Board of Church and Society’s belated coverage of the Kermit Gosnell hearings. The previous media blackout of event reached the status of scandal as journalists […]

Andy Langford Calls for Defunding Denominational Establishment

by (@JohnLomperis) May 14, 2013

By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) A prominent United Methodist leader has proposed a creative way for United Methodist congregations to stop funding our denomination’s bloated and often out-of-touch general denominational agencies. Rev. Thomas “Andy” Langford is a five-term General Conference delegate, a member of our denomination’s powerful Connectional Table, a sixth-generation United Methodist, a former member […]

UMC Seeks to Fill a Rather Odd Denominational Leadership Position

by (@JohnLomperis) May 7, 2013

By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) I recently learned that the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), the controversial DC lobby office funded by United Methodist offering-plate apportionments, is seeking a new Director of Women’s and Children’s Advocacy. Apparently, this means folding two positions – the Director of Women’s Advocacy (currently held by Amee Paparella) and […]