Annual Conferences, Statistics, and “Winner Take All”

By Chappell Temple – He attributed the phrase to Benjamin Disraeli, but you won’t actually find it in any of his works. But in speaking to the power of numbers to bolster an otherwise weak argument, Mark Twain was probably correct to say that there are three kinds of untruths: “lies, damn lies, and statistics.” […]

Centrists, progressives, and traditionalists work toward a fair plan of separation

Guest Commentary by Keith Boyette – In the aftermath of the 2019 Special General Conference, people across The United Methodist Church have wondered, “What now?” The General Conference decided. Some vehemently disagreed. Statements of defiance were issued. Acts of resistance continue to occur. And new groups have emerged (e.g., UM Next and UM Forward). Looming […]

A U.S.-Only Church

By Thomas Lambrecht – It has been intriguing to follow a series of blog posts from “Mainstream UMC,” a newly minted special interest caucus. The posts have been analyzing an unscientific, non-representative survey that they administered through the Internet. Over 13,000 people took the survey and self-identified as either Traditionalist, Centrist, or Progressive. Mainstream UMC provides […]

Several Bishops Uphold UM Discipline

By Tom Lambrecht – One would not think that bishops upholding the United Methodist Book of Discipline would be worthy of a headline, but such are the times in which we live. In the recent announcement of rulings on questions of law coming before this fall’s Judicial Council meeting, it was encouraging to see even some […]

Exclusionary Politics, Money, and Statistics

By Thomas Lambrecht – It’s all about the money. That could have been the title of the latest opinion piece from Mainstream UMC. And of course, beneath the issue of dollars is the issue of power and control. The central question is whether, in the name of including LGBTQ persons in marriage and ordained ministry, the church […]

The Distortion Continues

By Tom Lambrecht – Every person is to be highly valued. That value makes it important to listen to every voice, whether critical or supportive, to discern which elements in what they say would be helpful in understanding their perspective and/or refining our own. That is why it is important to listen and respond appropriately […]

British Methodists Take Steps Toward Progressive Sexual Ethic

By Tom Lambrecht – In an action taken July 3, the British Methodist Conference voted 247-48 to approve a report titled God in Love Unites Us. The report marks a “watershed moment in the life of the Methodist Church in Britain,” according to Methodist Evangelicals Together, the British Methodist renewal group. The report includes these proposals: Allow same-sex […]

Amazon Sold $240K of ‘Liturgy of the Ordinary’ Fakes, Publisher Says

It is heartbreaking to report that thieves have illegally published and sold counterfeit copies of one of our favorite books through Amazon. The cover story for Good News on July/August 2017 was an excerpt from Tish Harrison Warren’s book Liturgy of the Ordinary (IVP). Furthermore, our very own Elizabeth Glass Turner wrote a lengthy reflection on […]

The Promises of God

By Justus Hunter – “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame…. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your […]

The Consent of the Governed

By Tom Lambrecht – It is a concept entrenched in modern Western culture that governments “derive their just powers from the consent of the governed” (Declaration of Independence, United States). To be governed without our consent is the definition of what the Declaration calls tyranny, or in modern terms we would call dictatorship (by either an individual […]