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The Call of Conscience

May 20, 2015

In a recent article, I noted UMC Bishop Mel Talbert’s appeal to conscience as a justification for violating the rules of the UMC Book of Discipline which he had agreed to live by. This…

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“Reconciling” Conference Demands Abandonment of Historic Biblical Teaching

May 19, 2015

Speakers at a Reconciling Ministries Network conference in Florida attempt to connect LGBT advocacy with the mission of the civil rights movement.

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Good Shepherd UMC: Modern Worship, Ancient Teaching

May 18, 2015

Pastor Talbot Davis of Good Shepherd UMC shares why his United Methodist congregation is so fast-growing.

Rev. Henry-Crowe delivering her General Secretary's address at this meeting (Photo credit: IRD)

The Left Wing of the Democratic Party at “Mother Earth” Prayer?

May 12, 2015

The spiritual foundation for the UMC lobby office’s work includes misquoting Scripture in some places, directly opposing it elsewhere, and bizarre “Mother Earth” prayer.

From L-to-R: Henry-Crowe, Hoshibata, and GBCS board secretary Chelsea Calderon (Photo: GBCS / Rick Reinhard)

Methodist Lobby: Divest from Israel, Invest in North Korea, Legalize Prostitution

May 11, 2015

The United Methodist lobby office’s General Conference agenda now includes divesting from Israel, investing in North Korea, and advocating for legalized prostitution.

Rev. Dr. Peter Bellini addresses the conference (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

United Methodist Seminary Tackles Spiritual Warfare

May 2, 2015

An official United Methodist seminary devotes an entire conference to spiritual warfare

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Religious Liberty, Marriage & Liberal Protestants vs. Ecumenical Consensus

April 25, 2015

An interfaith statement defending marriage, conscience rights and religious liberty models authentic inter religious collaboration.  Signed by Southern Baptist, Catholic, Mormon, Muslim, Anglican, Orthodox and Evangelical leaders, it declares: It is in the best…

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Chris Ritter: Makeover or Takeover? A Response to the NEJ Global Restructuring Proposal

April 2, 2015

Pastor Chris Ritter responds to the latest proposal to create a new US-only central conference.

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“Just Resolution” Reached in Complaint Against Evangelical United Methodist Pastor

April 1, 2015

This article may be a bit on the lengthy side, but you will want to read to the end of this report on an interesting new development. Rev. Dr. John Wesley Jones of First…

Pastor Jim Cowart with his family (Photo credit: harvestchurch4u.org)

Evangelicals Dominate Fastest-Growing Large United Methodist Churches

March 30, 2015

The fastest-growing large United Methodist congregations are overwhelmingly led by theologically orthodox senior pastors.

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Chad Holtz: The Progressive United Methodism’s Devolution of Love

March 26, 2015

Frank Schaefer’s embrace of Universalism suggests a view of “love” that is more sentimental than Christian.

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Virginia “Just Resolutions” Show Liberal Methodist Zeal of “Punishment for Thee but not for Me”

March 23, 2015

The divergent responses of liberal United Methodists to controversies in Virginia demonstrates a zeal for harshly punishing evangelical clergy while protecting only clergy within their own narrow faction.