Dissecting “Inclusiveness” Theology

By Thomas Lambrecht – In a sermon preached in the run-up to the 2019 General Conference, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky (Greater Northwest Episcopal Area) promoted the One Church Plan and her vision for the inclusiveness of the church. That vision reflects the understanding of the majority of centrists and progressives in United Methodism. Her sermon is not a… Continue reading Dissecting “Inclusiveness” Theology

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Speaking Up for Women

  By Thomas Lambrecht​​​​​​​ – Now that the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan, many are concerned about the future for women and girls in that country. The Taliban has a history of oppressing women and depriving them of human rights, as well as administering harsh punishments for various offenses against Islamic codes. The U.S. made… Continue reading Speaking Up for Women

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Why We Need a Denomination

By Thomas Lambrecht – Denominations are not in vogue right now in American culture. For the past 20 years, the non-denominational church movement has grown across the country until its congregations make up a significant portion of the Body of Christ in the U.S. and in Africa, as well. This reflects the tendency toward “do-it-yourself”… Continue reading Why We Need a Denomination

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Lifestyle Evangelism

By Thomas Lambrecht – ​​​​As a declining denomination in the midst of cultural headwinds becoming increasingly hostile to Christianity, we wonder how to be a growing, vital church. Although I have served as a pastor and have been a member of growing congregations at one time or another, I have never in my church membership… Continue reading Lifestyle Evangelism

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