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Large UMC Congregation Halts Paying Apportionments: Liberal Hypocrisy (Part 2)

January 29, 2015

Exposing the hypocrisies of liberal United Methodist critiques of an evangelical protest against paying denominational apportionments.

Our bishops responded in a very weak and enabling way to protesters' bullying takeover of the last General Conference (Photo credit: UMNS / John Goodwin)

Large UMC Congregation Halts Paying Apportionments: Our Bishops’ Failures (Part 1)

January 28, 2015

A large UMC congregations halts paying denominational apportionments, highlighting failures of United Methodist bishops.

Group leaving the Paoli Methodist Church after a service in the early 1960s. (Photo: paoli-umc.com)

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.

From Left to Right: Tooley, Lomperis, Renfroe, and Miller.

Renewal and Reform Coalition Decries Talbert Resolution as “Inadequate, Unfitting, and Improper”

January 26, 2015

United Methodist renewal leaders stand united in decrying Talbert resolution, calling for corrective action by bishops, annual conferences, and General Conference.

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United Methodist Bishops and Adultery

January 24, 2015

Looking at the challenges facing the United Methodist Council of Bishops through the lens of the biblical metaphor of adultery.

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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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HYPOCRISY ALERT: Talbert Defends Money over Faithfulness, Wants Complaints vs. Others but Not Self

January 22, 2015

The recently announced joke of a “just resolution” for Mel Talbert highlights some glaring hypocrisies of the retired United Methodist bishop.

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Of Pro-Life Marching and the Social Irrelevance of Liberal United Methodism

January 20, 2015

A wonderful pro-life march in Chicago points to the social irrelevancy of liberal United Methodism.

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Keith McIlwain: The Bounds of Christianity

January 19, 2015

Rev. Keith McIlwain raises a more fundamental question in the United Methodist Church’s sexuality debates, in light of how other groups like Mormons, Unitarian Universalists and Jehovah’s Witnesses have left historic Christianity entirely to form “new Christianity-like religions.”

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Diana Dewitt: Personal Reflections on Bishop Rueben Job and the E.U.B. Church

January 13, 2015

Rev. Dr. Diana DeWitt reflects on the spiritual legacy of the recently departed Bishop Rueben Job, as well as of the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) denomination.

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“Sad but Not Surprising”: Retired United Methodist Bishop Escapes Penalty

January 6, 2015

In October 2013, long-retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert invaded the North Alabama territory of Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett to perform a same-sex union, disregarding the protests of the latter and the leadership of the denomination’s Council of Bishops.

Pope Francis blesses Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter in Rome following her release from prison on charges of apostasy from Islam. Photo: OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HANDOUT / EPA

IRD’s Top Church News Stories of 2014

December 30, 2014

A Sudanese woman sentenced to die for her faith, church disputes and friction between religious freedom and LGBTQ causes made news throughout 2014.