13 Years of the GBCS’s Greatest Hits, Part One: Social Stances

by (@JohnLomperis) August 8, 2013

The recently announced changing of the guard at the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of the United Methodist Church is a good occasion for reviewing what has made this offering-plate-apportionments-funded agency so controversial in the life of our denomination.

This first (non-comprehensive) list is of some of the GBCS’s most striking approaches to social issues under the leadership of its outgoing General Secretary, Jim Winkler, who has been in charge since 2000.

I’ve Had Enough “Equality” for Now …

by (@TheIRD) January 30, 2013

Last week Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women serving in military combat. Talk about what this means has ranged from saying it actually will not change much, as women already find themselves in combat roles, to pointing out the nature of modern warfare renders physical differences between men and women irrelevant, […]

Dr. Albert Mohler: Women Serving in Direct Combat Is a Moral Issue

by (@TheIRD) January 29, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia Last Thursday, Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta lifted the ban of women serving in direct combat roles. This ban will open up the opportunity for women to serve in higher risk roles traditionally reserved for men. In the wake of this announcement, prominent evangelical leader and President of the Southern Baptist Theological […]

Military Ethicist Addresses Duke Audience

by (@bjgingerich) December 16, 2011

West Point instructor Pete Kilner (left) addressed Duke Divinity School on the ethics of modern combat. (Photo credit: Command Company Forum) West Point instructor Lt. Col. Pete Kilner addressed Duke Divinity School’s Milites Christi organization on the “morality of killing.” As part of the “After the Yellow Ribbon series of lectures this Fall, Kilner’s presentation at Durham, NC defended war […]

Duke Hosts Discussion on Soldiers and the Church

by (@bjgingerich) November 21, 2011

On October 25th, United Methodism’s Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina offered a midday panel discussion entitled “Narrating War at Duke.” The event was hosted by Milites Christi, a new organization devoted to bringing a variety of disciplines together to address the problems of soldier suicide and substance abuse. “Narrating War” provided a refreshing […]

Religiously ‘Conflicted’ Over Memorial Day

by (@markdtooley) May 31, 2011

The following article appeared on the American Spectator website and was reposted with permission. Duke Professor and and pacifist Stanley Hauerwas has taken shots at the fallen in the past. Honoring the nation’s war dead is discomfiting to many on the pacifist Religious Left. One Protestant theologian’s fairly thoughtful Memorial Day ode to fallen veterans this year hailed their […]

Memorial Day Tribute: Of Good Days and Goodbyes, New London, 1967-68

by (@Cuchulain09) May 31, 2011

The following article appeared on the Big Peace website and was reposted with permission. Rolling Thunder drives down Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC. Friday night we had a quite a storm in Washington, DC. It knocked out the electricity, so for entertainment we watched lightning and listened to thunder. It was an appropriate opening to the weekend. […]

Lessons From the Post-Vietnam Military

by (@TheIRD) November 10, 2010

George Weigel November 10, 2010 The following article was originally published on the First Things website and has been reposted with permission.  In mid-September, I ran into retired General Barry McCaffrey in the green room at the NBC studios in Washington. He was discussing the latest turn in the don’t-ask-don’t-tell wars; I was providing commentary on Pope Benedict’s […]