The Roadblocks to Our Future

The United Methodist Church is in trouble. And we have been for a long time. “Mainline churches stand today not merely in a crisis of numbers, but in a deeper crisis of faith. Though often portrayed as a crisis of politics or demographics or moral values or sexuality, it is more profoundly a crisis of […]

An Open Letter to Revs. Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter

Dear Adam and Mike, We appreciate your attempt to present a proposal that “is a better way forward than the current impasse or the division of The United Methodist Church” over the issue of biblical interpretation related to homosexuality. We especially appreciate that you have identified with us that the current situation in The United […]

Methodism’s Future

There are unique and disturbing challenges facing The United Methodist Church. After 40 years of holy conferencing and discussion, some United Methodist leaders have decided to disregard the will of all previous GeneralConferences regarding marriage and sexuality and superimpose their own progressive agendas in their episcopal areas. From Seattle to New York City, several bishops […]

A Letter from Rob Renfroe on the State of The United Methodist Church

The year was 1738. The Church in England was ritualistic, cold, and lifeless. It had the form of religion, but it lacked power, was largely unconcerned about the masses, and was irrelevant to their needs. Everything changed on May 24, 1738. An English clergyman had been seeking God. During a Moravian prayer meeting on Aldersgate […]

Editorial: One Church Acting Like Two

“If we are one church, we cannot act as if we are two. If, in reality, we are two churches, it may not be wise to pretend any longer that we are one.” Those lines are part of the statement made by the Good News Board of Directors after its March 2014 meeting (see page […]

Editorial: Talking Past One Another

You’ve probably watched two people have an argument that got nowhere. They championed their positions with as much passion and clarity as they could muster, but to no avail. Finally, they left exhausted by the effort but no closer to a resolution. Sometimes we describe that scenario as two people “talking past each other.” In […]

Editorial: Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett deserves better. And so do we.

In September, retired Bishop Melvin Talbert announced his intention to perform a “holy wedding ceremony” on October 26 for two men in Birmingham, Alabama (see page 25). Shortly after his plans were made public, North Alabama Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett issued a statement that she had asked Bishop Talbert to reconsider. Conducting the service, Bishop Wallace-Padgett […]

Editorial: What’s Most Important?

By Rob Renfroe – Summers in Houston can be brutal. It is hard to imagine what life was like before air conditioning in this part of Texas. That is one of the reasons I spent such a wonderful week last month in Michigan. The temperature was in the low 50s in the mornings and the […]

Editorial: It’s Our Time to be Faithful

By Rob Renfroe – There is a new reality regarding The United Methodist Church and the practice of homosexuality. And that reality is that our biblically faithful, beautifully balanced position will remain the official position of the UM Church for the foreseeable future. We will continue to affirm that all persons are of sacred worth, […]

Editorial: What Does Love Require?

By Rob Renfroe
Recently Dr. Timothy Tennent posted an article on entitled “Why the Church is So Concerned with Same-Sex Marriage and Homosexual Ordination.” As president of Asbury Theological Seminary, Dr. Tennent’s article was thoughtful, insightful and reserved. In all of his writings, he has a wonderful way of making his point without belittling or condemning those with whom he disagrees.

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