An Open Letter Response to James Howell

By Thomas Lambrecht – Dear Dr. Howell, A friend called my attention to the video you posted on YouTube for your congregation. I believe you to be an informed and thoughtful person, which makes your gross misrepresentation of the Traditional Plan and those who support it appear to be not just a mistake but a purposeful mischaracterization […]

The Rise of the Moderate Incompatibilists

By Thomas Lambrecht – When the Committee on a Way Forward was first established, I floated a way of categorizing various perspectives regarding United Methodism’s view of marriage and sexuality. In these categories, “traditional incompatibilists” and “progressive incompatibilists” could not live in a denomination that allowed practices they disagree with. On the other hand, “traditional […]

Relocating the church outside the walls

By John Smith – Editor’s note: John Smith, an evangelist, author, and founder of the God’s Squad Motorcycle Club in Australia, was a friend of Good News Magazine. He died on March 6, 2019. We republish this article from the January/February 2000 issue of Good News Magazine in his honor. For 35 years, I have been […]

Remembering biker preacher John “Bullfrog” Smith (1942-2019)

By Steve Beard – John Smith, an evangelist, author, and founder of the God’s Squad Motorcycle Club in Australia, died on March 6, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. According to news reports, hundreds of bikers were in attendance at Smith’s funeral to pay their respects – including those […]

Doing General Conference Math

By Thomas Lambrecht – Supporters of the One Church Plan are considering a number of options in the wake of the decision by the 2019 General Conference to adopt the Traditional Plan. One of those options is to come back in 2020 to the General Conference in Minneapolis and attempt to reverse the result, adopting […]

Two Questions from St. Louis

By Tom Lambrecht – In the aftermath of the special called General Conference in St. Louis, there are two questions that could point to possible misunderstandings of its outcome. 1)     Was the decision to affirm the church’s current position on LGBTQ ministry an answer to prayer? The 2019 General Conference was the object of more prayer […]

Que Sucedió REALMENTE en St. Louis (Parte 1)

By Thomas Lambrecht – La Iglesia Metodista Unida acaba de terminar cuatro días de una desgarrada deliberación en la llamada Conferencia General Especial de febrero 23-26. La conferencia demostró una iglesia profundamente dividida—algo que ya era muy evidente antes de que llegáramos a St. Louis.  El virulento conflicto que caracterizó los procedimientos infringió dolor a […]

What REALLY Happened in St. Louis (Part 2)

By Thomas Lambrecht – In the last Perspective, there was a report on what actually passed the special called General Conference in St. Louis, including what the Judicial Council will probably rule as constitutional and therefore able to be implemented. This Perspective offers a behind the scenes look at how some of the proponents of the One […]

What REALLY Happened in St. Louis (Part 1)

By Thomas Lambrecht – The United Methodist Church has just finished four days of wrenching deliberation at the special called General Conference February 23-26. The conference demonstrated a deeply divided church — something that was readily apparent before we ever arrived in St. Louis. The vitriolic conflict that characterized the proceedings inflicted pain on persons […]

What General Conference Accomplished

By Thomas Lambrecht – Here is a brief summary of the accomplishments of the special called 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church held in St. Louis. Given the opportunity to support the full court press of the majority of North American bishops in their advocacy of the One Church Plan, a decisive majority […]