IRD President Mark Tooley interviews Bishop Will Willimon, the retired bishop of North Alabama and the previous long time dean of the chapel of Duke University. He has returned to the campus of Duke where he is teaching and writing. His latest book is his first novel, “Incorporated”, set in a Midwestern Protestant congregation across a month of Sundays, with a cast of saints and sinners.
The historical figure of Jesus was not intended to be the center of worship, rather a sage pointing towards a politically utopian Kingdom of God, according to two lecturers who recently spoke at a prominent United Methodist church in Washington, D.C.
Liberal United Methodists are once again rallying around Global Segregation in hopes of drastically curtailing African influence in denominational affairs and theologically liberalizing the church.
Frank Schaefer was recently defrocked for refusing to respect the UMC’s ban on blessing same-sex unions. But now his appeal will be heard by another official UMC leadership body, whose chair is a lesbian activist.
Formal complaints have finally been filed against retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert of San Francisco. But much of the process remains intentionally hidden from public view.
How cultural captivity and intimidation of churches leads to withholding Christian compassion from the victims of violence all around us.