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Chapel Controversy Prompts Duke Panel to Examine “Sacred Space”

February 27, 2015

A panel of religious leaders at Duke University examined the role of “sacred space” following a controversial decision – later reversed – to permit use of the chapel bell tower as a minaret.

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What Seth Rogen Can Teach the United Methodist Church about Social Justice and Human Rights

February 19, 2015

What I wish leaders of my denomination would learn from Seth Rogen’s moral vision.

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United Methodism’s Human Rights Hat-Trick of Early 2015

February 19, 2015

Celebrating three recent examples of much-needed responsibility and moral consistency in United Methodist human-rights advocacy.

Reverend Canon Gina Campbell (left) to preside over January 25 Eucharist, becoming the first United Methodist to do so at Washington National Cathedral, Dr. Kim Cape (right) to preach. (Photos: GBHEM)

United Methodists and Episcopalians Mark “Waystation” to Full Communion

February 6, 2015

United Methodist and Episcopal Church officials recently joined together at the National Cathedral to mark an agreement bringing the two denominations closer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.