Navigating the Wilderness

By Thomas Lambrecht – ​​​​​​Let’s just acknowledge that The United Methodist Church is in a wilderness. In his book, A Way through the Wilderness, my colleague the Rev. Rob Renfroe writes, “In the Scriptures, wilderness is used to describe a time in a person’s life when his or her soul is parched and dry; when today is hard… Continue reading Navigating the Wilderness

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Florida WCA President Surrenders Credentials over Extreme Requirements

By Thomas Lambrecht –  ​​​​The Rev. Jay Therrell, president of the Florida regional chapter of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, surrendered his credentials as an ordained elder on July 8. He did so because of requirements that had been placed upon him by the conference board of ordained ministry that were inconsistent with the Book of… Continue reading Florida WCA President Surrenders Credentials over Extreme Requirements

The Ill-Conceived Plan to Seize Mt. Bethel’s Assets

By Thomas Lambrecht — In a dramatic and unprecedented move, the North Georgia Annual Conference has initiated action to seize control of the assets of the largest congregation in the conference, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia. The conference cited “exigent circumstances [that] have threatened the continued vitality and mission of Mt. Bethel United Methodist… Continue reading The Ill-Conceived Plan to Seize Mt. Bethel’s Assets

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Is Now the Time for Local Congregations to Leave the UM Church?

By Thomas Lambrecht – ​​​​​​​This is a time fraught with anxiety and frustration for many United Methodists. Some progressives are exasperated that they are unable to fully affirm LGBT ordination, same-sex marriage, and various gender identities. Some traditionalists are upset at some of the ways traditionalist pastors and churches have been targeted by unsympathetic bishops.… Continue reading Is Now the Time for Local Congregations to Leave the UM Church?

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British Methodism Adopts Progressive Sexuality Standards

By Thomas Lambrecht – On Wednesday, the British Methodist Church became the largest denomination in Great Britain to endorse same-sex marriage. The overwhelming vote follows the acceptance of an initial report in 2019, God in Love Unites Us, followed by two years of discussion across the church’s 30 districts. According to the BBC , “the Methodist Church is… Continue reading British Methodism Adopts Progressive Sexuality Standards

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