IRD SYMPOSIUM: The Church and the Millennials

by (@BrianKenMiller) April 14, 2014

The Greek word for “Symposium” originally meant to gather and drink together. Unfortunately, that is not what we have been doing the past two weeks here at the IRD. We have, however,  managed to bring together some of the best and brightest millennial Christians to talk about what the Church and her teachings on sex […]

SYMPOSIUM: How NOT to Reach Millennials

by (@JohnLomperis) April 10, 2014

Recently, some have prominently called for American churches to better attract young adults by pandering to secular liberal values, particularly on sex outside of man-woman marriage. But how well do such efforts actually work, either in achieving their goal of attracting young adults or in maintaining basic Christian faithfulness?

Western Jurisdiction Liberals Tout Global Segregation as Perhaps their “Only Hope” for UMC

by (@JohnLomperis) April 7, 2014

Liberal United Methodists are once again rallying around Global Segregation in hopes of drastically curtailing African influence in denominational affairs and theologically liberalizing the church.

Is Fred Phelps a Saint?

by (@JohnLomperis) March 27, 2014

A liberal United Methodist caucus group is forced by its own deficient theology to count recently deceased hatemonger Fred Phelps among the saints.

Complaints Filed Against Bishop Talbert, Shrouded in Mystery

by (@JohnLomperis) March 19, 2014

Formal complaints have finally been filed against retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert of San Francisco. But much of the process remains intentionally hidden from public view.

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.

#Facepalm Friday: Prostitution as the New Methodist Sexual Liberation Front?

by (@JohnLomperis) March 14, 2014

A liberal United Methodist caucus suggests celebrating teenage prostitution as a means of “liberation.”

A New Network for Faithful United Methodists

by (@JohnLomperis) March 13, 2014

Faithful United Methodists have formed a new covenant network to support each other through relationship-building, accountability, mentoring the next generation of leaders, growing and planting vital congregations, and sharing resources and best practices for effective ministry.

Methodist Bishop Drops Clergy Trials for Same-Sex Ceremonies

by (@JeffreyHWalton) March 10, 2014

United Methodist Bishop Martin McLee announced today that he would cease all trials for New York-area United Methodist clergy who perform same-sex rites

UMC Council of Bishops Imbalance Further Skewed to Privilege Western Jurisdiction, Marginalize Africans

by (@JohnLomperis) February 24, 2014

Just the facts about the geographically imbalanced distribution of bishops, and consequent denominational influence, within the United Methodist Church.