Centering the United Methodist Church on Christ

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Who Opposes Separation?

By Thomas Lambrecht – As the resolutions passed by annual conferences indicate, many United Methodist leaders have come to endorse the concept of separation as the best way to resolve the decades-long theological conflict within United Methodism. While reluctant to...

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