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Does Gay UMC Group Want to “Burn the Damned Church Down”?

October 13, 2014

A prominent leader of the main United Methodist LGBTQ caucus has expressed support for a call to burn down the denomination for its biblical standards for sexual-self control. This is but a recent example of a disturbing pattern of extreme vitriol on the part of liberal United Methodist leaders.

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Can Methodism Reach America’s Reviving Cities?

October 12, 2014

Will United Methodists ever get serious about reaching America’s cities with the Gospel? This question again struck me over the last two weekends when travels placed me in historic downtowns. When traveling on Sundays…

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Philadelphia UMC Bishop: No More Gay Weddings

October 6, 2014

Johnson pledged that from now on, any United Methodist minister in her jurisdiction who “officiate[s] or host[s] a same-gender ceremony” will have complaints against them “handled swiftly”.

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Religiously Omnigender Bathroom Justice

October 5, 2014

Recently Harvard Divinity School posted signage outside one of its bathrooms advertising it as transgender/omnigender friendly. The sign inclusively included icons for male, female, and a combo of the two, plus handicapped. Harvard Divinity…

The Philadelphia 36 last fall (Photo credit: Mike DuBose / UMNS)

Philadelphia United Methodist Bishop: No More Gay Weddings!

October 3, 2014

United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson of Philadelphia, who supervises nearly 1,000 United Methodist congregations in Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and eastern Maryland, has just declared that despite her personal liberal sympathies, “it is unacceptable to…

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DC Lobby Attacks UMC “Heterosexism,” Disrespects Global Church

September 26, 2014

At their fall 2014 board meeting, held last week, the board of directors of the United Methodist Church’s D.C. lobby office, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) directors decided to petition the…

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UMC Lobby Office Targets Human Embryos, Okay with “New Eugenics”

September 25, 2014

The controversial Washington office of the United Methodist Church has launched a new attack on the dignity of human embryos and is now even effectively defending eugenics.

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How NOT to Globally Empower the United Methodist Church

August 26, 2014

Liberal UMC leaders are once again talking about empowering the growing non-American portion of the denomination. But does the proposed solution match the rhetoric?

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GOOD NEWS: United Seminary Continues Renewing the Church

August 20, 2014

United Methodism’s United Theological Seminary continues being a major force for theological, spiritual, and charismatic renewal in the denomination and beyond.

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Young United Methodists Wrestle with Global, Social Divisions

August 14, 2014

United Methodist youths and young adults gathered from around the world in the Philippines for worship, fellowship, and grappling with some of the denomination’s major theological and global divisions.

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Stephen Rankin: Learning from, Not Gloating Over Mark Driscoll’s Fall

August 13, 2014

A United Methodist pastor reflects on how we should seek to humbly learn from the recent fall of Pastor Mark Driscoll, and reject all gloating.

After intense discussions of sexual morality and parliamentary rules, Bishop Pedro Torio (right) of the Baguio Episcopal Area in the Philippines urges calm as Ann Jacob (center), DMYP's co-chair, looks on (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

A Microcosm of the UMC’s Struggles with Global Inclusion, Representation

August 8, 2014

A recent gathering of young United Methodists in the Philippines displayed a microcosm of the denomination’s struggles with representation and global inclusion.