Recently Read: Dallas pastor conducts same-sex service

The Rev. William McElvaney, seated, defied United Methodist Church law by presiding at the Saturday, March 1 wedding of George Harris and Jack Evans. The service was at Midway Hills Christian Church in Dallas.  UMNS photo by Sam Hodges

The Rev. William McElvaney, seated, defied United Methodist Church law by presiding at the Saturday, March 1 wedding of George Harris and Jack Evans. The service was at Midway Hills Christian Church in Dallas.
UMNS photo by Sam Hodges

From UMC.org:

The Rev. William McElvaney, a retired pastor and seminary president, followed through Saturday, March 1, on his earlier promise to defy United Methodist Church law by presiding at a same-sex union.

McElvaney, 85, conducted a wedding for George Harris, 80, and Jack Evans, 84. The men have been partners for 53 years and are longtime members of Dallas’ Northaven United Methodist Church.

Click here to read the full story by Sam Hodges.

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Jay
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Thank God for Rev. McElvaney, and God Bless the happy couple who have waited a long time to have their marriage recognized. God Bless as well New York Bishop Mclemee who, in dismissing charges against Dr. Ogletree for presiding at his son’s marriage, has promised NO MORE TRIALS.

Jamie
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Bishops and PC are above God now. So sad!

h johnson
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Like murder, homosexual relations are anathema per Book of ROmans. We can love sinners without condoning the sin. Wedding implies everything that goes along with marriage including sexual intercourse.

Wes Andrews
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As I have written before a high percentage of people working for UM seminaries inwardly hold no respect for United Methodist, the General Conference or the BOD, (and yes, even Scripture).

Wes Andrews
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Biting the hand that fed him, supported him, paid his salary and gave in a prominent position. A dishonorable man.

James Ballard
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Like some one said, Bill has nothing to loose. Sad day for the Methodist Church and the Disciples of Christ also. I am about “discussioned” out. I don’t know where anyone goes from here.

james
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like I say—-“one wearies of the barrage of dialogue.” Perkins has long been a hot bed of progressivism. Too bad all umc’s cannot be served by Asbury guys…………………………….

James Ballard
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Somebody asked where was he 30 years ago. I can tell you where he was 22 years ago. He was a professor at Perkins School of Theology and pretty much advocating for what he just did. Think of all the students who are now clergy that he has impacted. And some of us who disagreed with him and debated him. He is doing exactly what is very consistent to what he was advocating and teaching seminarians then.

Sandy Wylie
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William McElvaney has consistently been on the right side of the gospel and the right side of history. Too bad his influence hasn’t been greater. The UMC wouldn’t be in this mess if we had heeded Bill.

h johnson
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Lots of twisted theological hoop-jumping to be attempted at General Conference 2016. Maybe the Lord Jesus return before this ” Noah Time of Sin” goes 100%. Even the Pope is backsliding.

theenemyhatesclarity
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Sylvia, are you able to point to a passage of Scripture that supports 2 homosexuals marrying?

In Christ,

The enemy hates clarity

Charles Sihombing
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Excessive freedom. When we translate the love of God according to the size of a human taste alone. Hi Methodist church beware!

Sylvia
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Oh, my goodness! I don’t think that we have the same God.

theenemyhatesclarity
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I worship the God of Abraham and Moses, the great “I AM,” the Way, the Truth and the Life, God as revealed in His Word, the Bible.

In Christ,

The enemy hates clarity

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