What’s Happening To the Methodist Church? Part 5

Scott Field, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake, recently re-branded “First Church,” next moved on to the impact the late February St. Louis international convention would have on Crystal Lake. First he told a little of … Continue reading

What’s Happening To the Methodist Church? Part 4

Questions and and answers were the next order of business for Scott Field, the minister of the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake. I asked why we were sending any money to the Northern Illinois Conference. Part of Field’s … Continue reading

What’s Happening To the Methodist Church? Part 3

Crystal Lake First United Methodist Church Pastor Scott Field explained some of the background of the Methodist Church. It comes from an evangelical theology in which the United Methodist Church requires a three-fourths vote of the membership is required to … Continue reading

What’s Happening To the Methodist Church? Part 2

The United Methodist Church is what is called a “connectional”  church. For starters, that means all churches follow the same standards. Secondly, under the current Church Discipline, Crystal Lake Methodist Pastor Scott Field said, “If I were in a same … Continue reading

What’s Happening To the Methodist Church? Part 1

During the third week of February next year there will be headlines concerning what Methodists do at a special conference in St. Louis. A fight has been going on since 1972 in the church about homosexuality. At issue is whether … Continue reading

Time for Methodists to Talk Amicable Divorce

The term “no-fault divorce” was not used in Pastor Scott Field’s speech to the Northern Illinois Conference Evangelical Association Monday, but the comparison makes sense. The title of Field’s talk was “Somnambulating, Surviving, and Strategizing for the Coming UMC Implosion.”  (“UMC” means … Continue reading

Coverage of Conservative Methodists’ Victory over Homosexual Activists Missing in Newspapers

Whenever homosexuals win a victory, it is trumpeted all over the media. At the world convention of the United Methodist Church in Tampa this week, the homosexual agenda took a beating, however, and I couldn’t find a line of type … Continue reading

Homosexuals Take over Methodist Convention Floor in Tampa after Losing Vote

Shortly after noon, the following email arrived from the United Methodist Church group Good News: After a very emotional morning of debate on the General Conference floor regarding homosexuality, hundreds of onlooking demonstrators crossed the bar of the conference right … Continue reading

53% Reject Homosexual Liberalization at Tampa World Methodist Conference

Just in from the Confessing Movement web site: Thursday, May 3 – Day 9 of General Conference Update, 10:45 am: The full petition regarding human sexuality has been defeated with 368 votes in favor and 572 votes against.  As delegates prepared to take … Continue reading

Methodists Vote Almost 3-1 Against Ending Investments (Divestment) in Motorola and CAT, Proportional Representation for Africans on Ruling Bodies, Preacher Tenure Ended

The big news out of the Tampa’s Methodist convention for friends of Israel and for those who know the impact of Motorola and Caterpillar on the Illinois economy is the overwhelming defeat of liberal efforts to force Methodist investments out … Continue reading

Conservatives Take Three of Four Vacancies on Methodist Judicial Council, Vote on Homosexuality Imminent

Below is the Institute for Religion and Democracy’s take on the votes this morning for United Methodist Church Judicial Council slots. It’s a slightly different twist on the Good News email published earlier today. Good News from General Conference Some … Continue reading

Conservative Methodists Making Headway in World Conference, Big Fight on Homosexuality in Offing

I got two emails Saturday describing what is happening in Tampa during the early stages of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Conference is the counterpart of the quadrennial political party conventions in the United States, except … Continue reading

Methodist Convention This Week in Tampa – Unity Not on the Agenda

Every four years the United Methodist Church holds a convention. Just like the Republicans and the Democrats. This year Methodists affiliated with the UMC will convene in Tampa.  (The vibrant Korean Methodist Church is not one of those affiliated.) There … Continue reading

Northern Illinois Methodists Offer Proposals for International Church Change

The United Methodist Church is governed by a representative democracy–more or less. Internationally, with exceptions to provide over representation for declining areas (called conferences), there is approximate proportional representation at the policy-making convention every four years. It would be no … Continue reading

Methodist Bishop Takes Lead Against Video Slot Machines

That was in the early 1990’s when Bishop R. Sheldon Duecker was regularly on the news exhorting Illinoisians about the evils of gambling and urging the legislature not to expand it. So, so much more appropriate a cause to promote … Continue reading

Ivory Coast Admitted to Full Status in Methodist Church

Haven’t seen me write much on foreign countries here, have you? I’ve written about the building of really inexpensive schools in Angola by Rise, International. I’ve written a story about a Methodist missionary who will is trying to teach Zambian … Continue reading