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 […]

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 […]

Traditionalists Secure General Conference Majority

By Tom Lambrecht – With nearly all the annual conferences in the U.S. having voted, it appears that a sufficient number of traditional-minded delegates have been elected to assure a narrow but clear traditionalist majority at the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis. These delegates will be able to prevent the overturning of parts of the […]

What Loving LGBTQ Ministry Could Look Like

By Thomas Lambrecht – At the St. Louis General Conference and since, conservatives have often been accused of being hateful, bigoted, and punitive toward LGBTQ persons. We frequently hear quoted “Do no harm!” and “Love your neighbor!” These statements are aimed at the traditional view that marriage is between one man and one woman and […]

Progress Report on Annual Conference Actions

By Thomas Lambrecht – We are halfway through the U.S. annual conference season. Annual conferences represent local churches and clergy in regional areas of the country. There are currently 55 annual conferences in the U.S. As of Friday, 29 of those annual conferences have met. Several of the annual conferences have passed resolutions opposing the […]

Rejoinder to Rebekah Miles

By Thomas Lambrecht – The Rev. Dr. Rebekah Miles recently invited her readers to join her going down the “rabbit hole” into the “Alice in Wonderland” that is currently The United Methodist Church. The point of her post is to critique elements of the Traditional Plan and encourage her readers to worry about what it might […]

“UMC Next” Counters Traditional Plan

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson (North Georgia), Bishop Mike McKee (North Texas), the Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior minister of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, and the Rev. Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary of the denomination’s Discipleship Ministries, were part of the convening team of a meeting organized to strategize its opposition to the Traditional […]

What Do Methodists Believe (Part II)

By Thomas Lambrecht – A recent survey by United Methodist Communications indicated 44 percent of grassroots United Methodists consider themselves theologically conservative/traditional. At the same time, 28 percent identified as moderate/centrist and 20 percent as progressive/liberal. In a previous blog, I examined the implications of this finding. Last week I delved more deeply into specific beliefs United Methodists hold about […]

What Do United Methodists Believe? (Part I)

By Tom Lambrecht – A previous “Perspective” blog called attention to a survey conducted by United Methodist Communications that indicated 44 percent of grassroots United Methodists consider themselves theologically conservative/traditional. At the same time, 28 percent identified as moderate/centrist and 20 percent as progressive/liberal. This finding runs counter to the narrative that the “vast majority” of American United Methodists […]