Highlights from the New Room Conference

By Rev. Thomas Lambrecht I had the privilege to attend the second New Room Conference last week in Nashville. What a joy it was to be among 700 clergy and other leaders committed to the renewal of Methodism and Wesleyanism, both in The United Methodist Church and in...

A Saga in Legalism

By Rev. Thomas Lambrecht United Methodism was launched into a tizzy by the dustup that erupted last weekend over the supposed “excommunication” of Ginny Mikita. Mikita was a lay member of a congregation in Michigan who was a candidate for ordained ministry in the West...

Church Politics: An Oxymoron?

By Rev. Thomas Lambrecht What does it mean to be a church? I have often heard that Methodism (dating back to Wesley’s time) has an underdeveloped or confused ecclesiology (a fancy word for a theology of church). We don’t know whether we are a church or a movement. We...