The Pacific Northwest Conference escalates its history of demanding “autonomy” from the United Methodist Church. What does this mean for the rest of the denomination?
Very often Catholic leaders are more succinctly articulate when speaking from a faith perspective on public policy issues than are we Protestants and Evangelicals. A recent example is a response by the Catholic bishops of Virginia to their state’s new liberal attorney general, who’s unilaterally decided not to defend Virginia’s definition of marriage as man […]
Frank Schaeffer, Beth Stroud, and Jimmy Creech were each defrocked for their rebellion against the United Methodist Church’s stance on homosexuality. But this Sunday, one D.C. UMC congregation celebrated all three.
Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” and Frank Schaefer of the United Methodist Church are on opposite sides of current debates about homosexuality practice, but the hot-button issue was at the heart of both of them getting fired recently. Shane Raynor discusses differences in the two cases, the free-speech implications involved, and the need for Christians to offer hope to same-sex-attracted people.
Despite expressing discouragement at his own defrocking, Frank Schaefer struck a defiant tone in his Sunday sermon message, refusing to promise not to conduct further same-sex weddings and declaring “this is not the time to give up the fight – this is the time to intensify the fight.”
In advance of his defrocking Thursday by Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church officials, embattled Pastor Frank Schaefer joined MSNBC host Chris Matthews and retired Episcopal Church Bishop Gene Robinson on Hardball Wednesday night to make his case.
Washington, DC-A United Methodist clergyman who conducted a same-sex wedding in violation of denominational rules has been defrocked. Pastor Frank Schaefer’s clergy credentials were revoked today by church officials following his decision to not adhere to the United Methodist Book of Discipline by promising not to conduct further same-sex ceremonies.
When Tim Schaefer was sixteen years old he was contemplating suicide. Fortunately someone anonymously telephoned his father, Rev. Frank Schaefer, pastor of the local United Methodist church. The caller told him about his son’s state of mind and added that Tim was gay and worried that his parents would reject him.
Proponents of gay marriage often claim that denominations embracing same-sex marriage will attract new members and counteract declines in membership. However, a quick glance at the membership figures of outspoken pro-gay UMC churches show just how wrong they are.
A renegade United Methodist pastor is held accountable for his covenant-breaking defiance of the United Methodist Church’s biblical policies on sexual morality.