A reputed expert on United Methodist polity recently made a very publicized plea to the Council of Bishops urging them to end enforcement of the Discipline’s prohibition on same sex unions, which has been reiterated by many General Conferences. United Seminary Dean David Watson offers a very thoughtful response to that expert with his defense […]
In response to the question, “How ought I to live as a married man or married woman?”, I have nothing to offer. However, I have, as though it were an act of divine providence, encountered four people in the past month who do have something to offer. On the blogs and on the street, the question of how to live a marriage is in the air.
In a dramatic defiance of UMC church law, retired Bishop Mel Talbert has become the first known United Methodist bishop to perform a homosexual union ceremony. This epic clash pits Talbert and other members of the denomination’s fading liberal old guard against younger generations of more orthodox UMC leadership.
In response to retired Bishop Mel Talbert’s increasingly brazen covenant-breaking misbehavior, the UMC Council of Bishops executive committee is finally showing some leadership, publicly calling on him to abandon his widely publicized plans to bless a same-sex union this weekend in open defiance of church law.
Christians must continue to engage in reasoned argument with an increasingly hostile post-Christian culture that is attacking the freedoms they have historically enjoyed in order to continue to have legal protection for religious freedom.
“We’re here. And we’re not queer,” pronounced host Christopher Doyle on Monday night as he introduced the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Reception in Washington D.C. Held during “Ex-Gay Pride Month,” the reception is just one example of a growing groundswell movement of faith-based former homosexuals publicly standing up for their rights against harsh criticism and […]
Over the last week I have been reminded of the excellence of IRD’s board of directors. Last Friday I was chapel speaker at Patrick Henry College in Virginia, hosted by IRD board member Graham Walker, who’s been college president for 8 years. He is an astute Wesleyan theologian by background who has successfully governed the […]
The incompatibility of religious freedom and the redefinition of marriage is on full display here. The world has made it clear that even if we work to make accommodations, to agree to disagree, and to attempt to coexist with the modern world, none of it will be good enough.