The Rev. Anna Blaedel, targeted by the Institute on Religion and Democracy as a "self-avowed practicing homosexual," has agreed to a "just resolution" that essentially removes her from United Methodist ministry. Read more

Ordained Ministry 5 Comments

A recent article by a Texas pastor in a conservative newsletter has a mighty familiar ring to it, writes the Rev. Dr. William C. Trench. Read more

Perspectives 9 Comments

The Wesleyan Covenant Association people, who now have gotten their hopes fulfilled by continued exclusion of the LGBTQIA community, will be delighted to make sure the African church stays fully funded, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more


The Rev. Jeremy Smith describes how he sees that moderates and “Middle Methodists” are on the menu for the next three years of United Methodism. Read more

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Keyboard Delete

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As American culture embraces marriage equality, conservative activists in The United Methodist Church are pushing out the perceived source of all things bad: Progressive Methodists, asserts the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Split Church

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Recent protests by conservative bloggers that they don't intend to split The United Methodist Church has the Rev. Steve Harper wondering why they still feel a need to post legislative models for schism? Read more

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Left Turn

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith makes a case that the Connectional Table -- the UMC's ministry planning and coordinating agency -- isn't biased as some people claim. Read more

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Upside Down Church

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Rather than being persecuted, conservative "renewal" forces in The United Methodist Church actually dominate -- and have torn apart -- the global denomination, argues the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith uses "big data" to explode false narratives about the current identity and possible future of The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Spotted sheep

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With her "Parable of the Spotted Sheep," the Rev. Christy Thomas examines possible outcomes if The United Methodist Church pursues doctrinal purity as espoused by the Institute on Religion and Democracy Read more

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The Institute for Religion & Democracy reaches an out-of-court settlement with the North Texas Annual Conference over a mailing list it purchased from the now-defunct UMR Communications. Read more

In the Church

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United Methodist annual conferences and individual leaders are pushing back against recent schismatic and extremist messages, while in some quarters strong stands are taken for and against acceptance of LGBT rights. Read more

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Tom Oden

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The Good News Movement fails its own theological guru's test of reasons to separate from The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre finds that his attempt to engage with the Institute for Religion and Democracy shows how the old adversarial approaches among United Methodists must give way to better methods. Read more

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A Letter That Captures the Heart of the Methodist Conflict

One of the latest missives from the Institute for Religion and Democracy by a retired professor outlines for the Rev. Morgan Guyton the issues at stake in the current United Methodist cultural turmoil. Read more

Jan 9, 2014 8:42 PM Morgan Guyton 1 Comments

Your Way My Way

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Covenant and Order vs. Liberty and Chaos

Somewhere beyond "your way" and "my way" is God's way for The United Methodist Church, but how do we get there? wonders the Rev. Sky. McCracken. Read more

Dec 23, 2013 11:11 AM Sky McCracken 4 Comments

Methodist DNA

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If you can't something nice about your own church, don't go praising other traditions, says the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre about the IRD's Mark Tooley and his effusive endorsement of Calvinists. Read more



The Rev. Andrew Burd-Harris takes on Mark Tooley of the IRD on the subject of the morality of using drones as a military strategy. Read more

Feb 28, 2013 7:36 PM Andrew Burd-Harris