Good News president releases video on Bishop Talbert

Good News president Rob Renfroe released a video statement this afternoon on Bishop Melvin G. Talbert’s disobedience of United Methodist church law in presiding at a celebration of marriage for a gay couple in Alabama this past week.

In the video, Renfroe focuses in particular on Talbert’s actions in refusing Bishop Debra Wallace Padgett’s request to refrain from coming to her episcopal area to conduct the service. “Bishop Talbert’s disrespect for Bishop Wallace-Padgett and his dismissal of her request is shocking, and it’s wrong,” Renfroe said.

Renfroe called on the Council of Bishops to file charges against Bishop Talbert, and asked viewers of the video to visit the Good News website to receive information on contacting their bishop and asking him or her to hold Bishop Talbert accountable for his actions.

Here is the full video:



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The Rev. Jay Voorhees is the Executive Editor of The United Methodist Reporter and the Chief Creative Officer for CircuitWriter Media LLC which operates this site and Jay is an ordained elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference. Jay has written on life and the practice of faith in The United Methodist Church at Only Wonder Understands since 2003.

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i understand what you're saying.. I really do. We have rules.. these guys agreed to them, then broke them… so shouldn't there be a penalty? If not.. why have rules right? But before tying the offender to the stake and lighting the embers… what if we take a stroll down memory lane and just see what the book of discipline had to say about slavery in say 1835 or so, or ordaining women in the church 60 years ago. I'm just saying.. there were rules then too.. not rules any of us would be proud of or even attempt to… Read more »
Tony Vinson
Bishop Talbert must have known what he was doing and what was at risk. If he wants to be a martyr for this cause, that is certainly his prerogative. Whether or not his actions and the actions of others of like mind have an impact on our next General Conference remains to be seen. How we feel about homosexuality is no longer the issue. We now have a different issue at stake. The video presenter is right, in that now the ball is squarely in the court of the Council of Bishops. Through their action (or inaction) in November they… Read more »

Sad commentary here. The progressives scream the loudest so theirs is the story that gets press. Conservative values get lost in the shuffle and the umc "progresses" forward and embraces the mighty move to the left this country is experiencing. What is next?" Only Father/Son/Holy Spirit knows. Keep looking up–signs and wonders are happening every day.


I left the Memphis Annual Conference of the UMC largely because of this issue..and this still hurts.

Jacki Stranathan

Jesus Christ s number one commandment is love thy neighbor. Love and I command Bishop for following Christ and not some book of stuff. To pursue over 2 people who wish to marry before god and love each other is reason to celebrate not condemn.


I have very mixed feelings about this subject, but could you clarify how asking for accountability is sowing dissension and ignoring the Discipline is not?

Larry Smith

To those who support Bishop Talbert's "civil disobedience", let me point out that it is not civil but sacred disobedience that is involved here. He took the same vow that I took in the presence of God and his ordaining annual conference to "keep our rules and not seek to amend them". He should be held to the same discipline that I am subject to for ignoring that vow.

Willie Lyle

The issue should be more about this man taking an oath to God and breaking his oath. If I were to do this i would no longer be preaching in the UMC. Rev. Willie Lyle

Tom Stephenson

Is the president of Good News a paid position?


I do wonder why UMReporter is disseminating the propaganda of Good News, especially a video whose only purpose is to sow dissension with the Church.

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