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Rev. Sara Thompson Tweedy, a married lesbian United Methodist elder who had charges against her dropped last week. (Photo courtesy of MIND)

Methodist Protest Caucuses: “We Are Coming For the Institution”

August 29, 2015

Katy Kiser reports on the militant message of the LBGTQ “Gather at the River” activists for the United Methodist Church.

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Scott Fritzsche: “Martyrs”

August 25, 2015

In this guest post, Scott Fritzsche responds to the Reconciling Ministries Network’s appropriation of the term “martyrs.”

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Cornerstone UMC: Helping People Know Jesus and Making Him Known

August 5, 2015

Brad Kalajainen, pastor of Cornerstone UMC in West Michigan, shares how the church he founded has become one of the fastest-growing United Methodist congregations in the country, and one of only two in the denomination’s North Central Jurisdiction.

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Matt O’Reilly: 5 Points on the #PlannedParenthood Video

July 30, 2015

Pastor Matt O’Reilly reviews five key points to take away from the infamous baby-part-selling videos of Planned Parenthood.

An Assemblies of God youth convention gathers in West Bend, Wisconsin in 2007. Over the past decade, the Pentecostal denomination has posted significant growth. (Photo credit: Paul M. Walsh/AP)

Study: Diversity in U.S. Churches Varies Greatly

July 28, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning is “the most segregated hour in this nation,” but it appears some religious groups are experiencing more success than others in overcoming this historic separation.

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Mississippi United Methodists Call for Accountability, Reform, and Pro-Life Stance

July 22, 2015

Evangelical United Methodists have much to be encouraged about from the recently concluded 2015 Mississippi Annual Conference

The Rev. Benjamin David Hutchison, right, marries long-time partner Monty Hutchison on Friday, July 17, 2015, outside the Cass County Courthouse. The Rev. Hutchison recently was forced to resign from his post at the Cassopolis United Methodist Church because of his sexuality. Photo by Robert Franklin, courtesy of South Bend Tribune

Wesleyan Discipline Prevails

July 22, 2015

The UMC enforced its Book of Discipline by revoking Rev. Benjamin Hutchison’s pastoral status, following his admission that he is a practicing homosexual.

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Filipino Group Accuses US of “Gross Human Rights Violations”

July 21, 2015

On July 16-18, 2015 a collection of Filipino organizations representing civil rights advocacy, poverty, indigenous rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, and migrants’ rights put the president and government of the Philippines and President Obama,…

Bishop Ricardo Pereira, along with Rev. Jacquie Leveron, who translated for him.

David Watson: United Methodist Renewal is happening NOW!

July 16, 2015

David Watson shares about the renewal already taking place in the UMC through the ministry of Aldersgate Renewal Ministries.

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Frank Schaefer Celebrates Pride Inter-Faith Service

July 14, 2015

Self-identified “Christian agnostic” Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating a same-sex wedding and reinstated on a technicality, remains in defiance of the UMC Book of Discipline. He blogged about his participation in…

The Sermon on the Mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch

Preaching the Truth in Love

July 13, 2015

I recently blogged about an interview between Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter, both pastors of United Methodist mega-churches. Much of the conversation involved ideas prominent in liberal theology and in liberal churches. They accused…

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Mark Tooley Reviews “A Change of Heart” by Thomas Oden

July 13, 2015

(This piece originally appeared at The Weekly Standard) Thomas Oden is a Methodist, ecumenist, evangelical, and patristics scholar who was dissuaded from liberal modernism by a Jewish conservative, becoming himself a theological paleo-orthodox and…