Focus 3: Why is an Exit Path Necessary?

By Thomas Lambrecht Whatever the outcome in St. Louis, some congregations and clergy will be unable to live conscientiously within the boundaries established by General Conference. From the beginning, the Commission on a Way Forward (COWF) acknowledged that an exit path for congregations to leave the denomination with their property should be part of any […]

Focus 3: Living shabbily, praying meagerly 

– By E.M. Bounds – I believe that what the church needs today is not more or better machinery, not new organizations or more novel methods. She needs Christians whom the Holy Spirit can use—Christians of prayer, Christians mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through people. He does not […]

Focus 3: Traditional Plan affirmed again

In the first indicator of the direction of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, the majority of delegates affirmed the Traditional Plan. In a vote gauging “high priority” vs. “low priority” of various denominational plans, more than 55 percent of the delegates (459 votes) affirmed the Traditional Plan. Despite what was perceived […]

Kulah: Standing on the Promises of God

– By Dr. Jerry Kulah – My dear brothers and sisters of The United Methodist Church from all around the world, I humbly greet you in the strong name of Jesus Christ! We thank God for all who have participated in observing a sacred season of fasting and prayer as we have prepared for this […]

Power of the Cross

By Carlos Alarcon, M.D. – As my involvement in the administration of my local church has grown, my understanding of the global United Methodist Church has expanded. Like many other lay people, I have become keenly aware of how un-united we truly are. Though we claim to be one in faith, our United Methodist Church, […]

Update on San Francisco’s Glide Memorial UMC

By Thomas Lambrecht – New action has taken place by the California-Nevada Annual Conference filing suit against Glide Memorial United Methodist Church over Trust Clause issues. Such action shows what might happen in the event other congregations try to leave the denomination. In a previous post, I described the conflict going on between California-Nevada Annual Conference […]

I Confess: I Don’t Understand

By Rob Renfroe – I remain confounded as to why the majority of bishops would endorse “The “One Church Plan” as a way to unify the denomination. In a previous editorial, I suggested that one reason is they do not comprehend who we evangelicals are, what we believe, and how deeply we hold those beliefs. […]

Welcome for the Weak

By Courtney Lott – The first time my friend’s son met my eyes and asked me my name, I almost broke down into an ugly cry in the church foyer. He was around ten-years-old at the time and is autistic. Before I got to know this young man, before I taught him and his siblings […]

Pacific Northwest Continues Defiance

By Thomas Lambrecht – In a previous blog I reported that the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference would have an openly married lesbian as a district superintendent. At its recent session, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky ordained as a Deacon a woman who is married to another woman. On June 25, Rachel Neer was ordained as a Deacon in […]

Encouraging Developments in Northeastern Jurisdiction

By Thomas Lambrecht – The Northeastern Jurisdiction is often thought of as a bastion of progressive thought in United Methodism. It is usually rated as the second most progressive jurisdiction, after the Western Jurisdiction. That is why several developments in the last week are encouraging for evangelical United Methodists there and across the church. Bishop […]