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ANALYSIS: What was the UMC Judicial Council Thinking in the Schaefer Case?

October 31, 2014

An explanation of what exactly happened with the recent re-instatement of renegade United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer.

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Time for United Methodists to Move Forward

October 30, 2014

The UMAction Steering Committee recently met in Washington, D.C. to discuss current developments, challenges, and opportunities within our United Methodist Church. These faithful United Methodist lay and clergy men and women from across our…

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Counsel for the Church Responds to Schaefer Ruling

October 29, 2014

Those who made the church’s case against renegade UMC pastor Frank Schaefer’s rebellion respond to his being reinstated based on alleged technicalities.

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Bart Campolo’s Slide through Progressive Christianity to Godless Humanism

October 28, 2014

The last few weeks have seen a lot of commentary on Bart Campolo, son of famous liberal evangelical speaker and author Tony Campolo, leaving Christianity to become a devotee of “secular humanism.”

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Defrocking Methodist Clergy & Orthodoxy’s Unending Challenge

October 27, 2014

Defrocked United Methodist minister Frank Schaefer, who defied church law against same sex rites, has been reinstated by a church court on a technicality.

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United Methodist “Supreme Court” Re-Instates Renegade Pastor

October 27, 2014

The United Methodist Church’s “supreme court” has affirmed the reinstatement of a Pennsylvania pastor who was defrocked last year for performing a same-sex union service.

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How Churches Should NOT Address Political Issues

October 27, 2014

A United Methodist case study helpfully illustrates what your church should NOT do when it addresses social and political concerns.

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What is the Foundation for United Methodist Political Lobbying?

October 26, 2014

Last month, the UMC’s political lobby office displayed some striking biblical and theological sloppiness, pointing to deeper problems than any particular social issue.

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Does Gay UMC Group Want to “Burn the Damned Church Down”?

October 13, 2014

A prominent leader of the main United Methodist LGBTQ caucus has expressed support for a call to burn down the denomination for its biblical standards for sexual-self control. This is but a recent example of a disturbing pattern of extreme vitriol on the part of liberal United Methodist leaders.

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Philadelphia UMC Bishop: No More Gay Weddings

October 6, 2014

Johnson pledged that from now on, any United Methodist minister in her jurisdiction who “officiate[s] or host[s] a same-gender ceremony” will have complaints against them “handled swiftly”.

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Philadelphia United Methodist Bishop: No More Gay Weddings!

October 3, 2014

United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson of Philadelphia, who supervises nearly 1,000 United Methodist congregations in Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and eastern Maryland, has just declared that despite her personal liberal sympathies, “it is unacceptable to…

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DC Lobby Attacks UMC “Heterosexism,” Disrespects Global Church

September 26, 2014

At their fall 2014 board meeting, held last week, the board of directors of the United Methodist Church’s D.C. lobby office, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) directors decided to petition the…