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Jesus, Judgment, and the Church: Part 5 of 5

September 12, 2014

Didn’t Jesus Say to “Judge Not”? UM Action Director John Lomperis concludes his five-part series on this important, but widely misunderstood teaching of Jesus Christ in this five-part series.

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Jesus, Judgment, and the Church: Part 4 of 5

September 11, 2014

Didn’t Jesus Say to “Judge Not”? UM Action Director John Lomperis continues examining this important, but widely misunderstood teaching of Jesus Christ in this five-part series.

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Jesus, Judgment, and the Church: Part 3 of 5

September 10, 2014

Didn’t Jesus Say to “Judge Not”? UM Action Director John Lomperis continues examining this important, but widely misunderstood teaching of Jesus Christ in this five-part series.

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Jesus, Judgment, and the Church: Part 2 of 5

September 9, 2014

Didn’t Jesus Say to “Judge Not”? UM Action Director John Lomperis continues examining this important, but widely misunderstood teaching of Jesus Christ in this five-part series.

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The State of Our Disunion

September 8, 2014

Remarks delivered by UM Action Director John Lomperis at the annual gathering of evangelicals in the Illinois-Great Rivers Annual Conference.

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Jesus, Judgment, and the Church: Part 1 of 5

September 8, 2014

Didn’t Jesus Say to “Judge Not”? UM Action Director John Lomperis examines this important, but widely misunderstood teaching of Jesus Christ in this five-part series.

Rev. Jerry Kulah speaks at the 2012 General Conference, at which he served as a delegate (Photo credit: UMNS/ Paul Jeffrey)

How NOT to Globally Empower the United Methodist Church

August 26, 2014

Liberal UMC leaders are once again talking about empowering the growing non-American portion of the denomination. But does the proposed solution match the rhetoric?

07 Apr 2006, Taiyuan,  Shanxi , China --- Chinese Catholics walk during a pilgrimage for the Virgin Mary. (Photo credit: Reinhard Krause/Reuters/Corbis)

War on the Cross

August 25, 2014

The cross is a constant reminder that we need to take human nature as it actually is, a great contradiction of good and evil, virtue and vice, love and hatred. It is also a symbol announcing that ultimate loyalty cannot be to this world and its powers.

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GOOD NEWS: United Seminary Continues Renewing the Church

August 20, 2014

United Methodism’s United Theological Seminary continues being a major force for theological, spiritual, and charismatic renewal in the denomination and beyond.

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Young United Methodists Wrestle with Global, Social Divisions

August 14, 2014

United Methodist youths and young adults gathered from around the world in the Philippines for worship, fellowship, and grappling with some of the denomination’s major theological and global divisions.

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Stephen Rankin: Learning from, Not Gloating Over Mark Driscoll’s Fall

August 13, 2014

A United Methodist pastor reflects on how we should seek to humbly learn from the recent fall of Pastor Mark Driscoll, and reject all gloating.

After intense discussions of sexual morality and parliamentary rules, Bishop Pedro Torio (right) of the Baguio Episcopal Area in the Philippines urges calm as Ann Jacob (center), DMYP's co-chair, looks on (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

A Microcosm of the UMC’s Struggles with Global Inclusion, Representation

August 8, 2014

A recent gathering of young United Methodists in the Philippines displayed a microcosm of the denomination’s struggles with representation and global inclusion.