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John Wesley and Religious Liberty

March 26, 2015

Last year I wrote for First Things on John Wesley’s reaction to anti-Methodist riots in the mid-1700s as it relates to contemporary assaults on religious liberty. Recently a letter by John Wesley revealing his views…

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Fifty Years Since Methodism Grew in America

January 28, 2015

Methodism had been America’s largest Protestant denomination until surpassed by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1967, whose membership is now more than double United Methodism’s.

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Before the March for Life, United Methodist Theologian Reminds That Life is Luminous

January 23, 2015

The following is the transcript of a sermon delivered by Dr. Edgardo A. Colón-Emeric Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at Duke University Divinity School. It was preached during the Annual Lifewatch Worship Service on the morning…

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Choppy Waters Ahead: A Discussion with a UMC Bishop

July 16, 2014

Increasing pressure to address the issues of same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT persons have set a rather precarious stage…

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Could a UMC Bishop Speak like Constantinople’s Patriarch?

July 14, 2014

United Methodist bishops rarely speak outside the language of American hyper individualism and “rights.” In one typical example, a bishop, while acknowledging United Methodism’s policy that marriage is man and woman, still urged congregations…

Bishop Mel Talbert wearing the trademark rainbow-colored stole of the Reconciling Ministries Network, which promotes an "anything goes" sexual morality within the church.  (Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey / United Methodist News Service)

LGBT Group: ‘Racism’ Behind Talbert Complaints

March 20, 2014

Official complaints have been filed against retired United Methodist bishop Melvin Talbert after he officiatied a same-sex marriage in Alabama. But according to his biggest defender Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), the complaints reveal an institutional racism in the UMC.

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Matt O’Reilly: Board of Church and Society Holds Young Clergy Forum

March 3, 2014

More than fifty young United Methodist clergy traveled to Capitol Hill at the end of January to take part in the 13th annual Young Clergy Leadership Forum hosted by the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). The stated purpose of the Forum is “to put a human face on the Board of Church and Society.” Provisional and Full Elders and Deacons were represented among the participants, and this was the first Forum in which two clergy from Africa were able to participate. The young clergy had the opportunity to meet GBCS staff and hear about the day-to-day advocacy, resourcing, and communication work in which they are engaged. Most of the material presented at the sessions was strong, though a couple of elements left much to be desired.

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GBCS’ Selective Outrage: Israeli Sewage Edition

January 14, 2014

The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society’s anti-Israel posturing takes a turn for the esoteric, as they begin lobbying on behalf of the obscure issue of Israeli sewage leaks.

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LGBT Activists Launch Campaign to “Divest” from, “Disrupt” UMC

December 12, 2013

As attempts to alter the Book of Discipline continue to fail, a group of radical LGBT activists vow to “disrupt” UMC events and “divest” resources from the church, including prayer, unless their demands are met.

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Press Release: United Methodist Bishops Call for Charges against Bishop who Conducted Same-Sex Marriage

November 15, 2013

Washington, DC- Today, bishops of the United Methodist Church (UMC) publicly rebuked a retired colleague who recently conducted a same-sex marriage celebration in Alabama.

Shirt on sale at Reconciling Ministries Network's (RMN) Churchquake convocation. (Photo credit: Alexander Griswold)

RMN’s Churchquake Part 2: What I Did See

September 16, 2013

In my previous post, I highlighted some of the things I didn’t see at Reconciling Ministries Network’s (RMN) convocation Churchquake. In this post, I will highlight some of what I did witness Were I to summarize everything…

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RMN’s Churchquake Part 1: What I Didn’t See

September 4, 2013

This past Labor Day weekend, Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), a group advocating for a greater acceptance of homosexuality within the United Methodist Church, held its national convocation called Churchquake: Embracing Freedom. I had the pleasure of attending the convocation, held at the nearby 4-H Youth Conference Center in nearby Chevy Chase, Maryland. Over four days, I heard and saw many things that spoke to the radicalism of the UMC’s reconciling movement. But before going into what I did see, I believe it’d be more instructive to note what I didn’t see.