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Good News asks Council of Bishops to respond to Oliveto election

Good News, the independent evangelical United Methodist organization which promotes “orthodox Wesleyan Christianity” has released a statement from their governing board asking the United Methodist Council of Bishops (COB) to respond quickly to the recent election of Karen Oliveto as a bishop. Oliveto was elected and consecrated in the Western Jurisdiction of the UMC last week, and […]

Recently Read: Three Requests of My Centrist Friends – An Open Letter

By Rob Renfroe Over the past four years I have had the opportunity to be in dialogue with several leading “centrist” pastors. I have gotten to know them well enough to know that I like them. They are intelligent and thoughtful. They care about people and the vitality of the church. In fact, many of […]

Good News responds to clergy coming out letter

The Rev. Tom Lambrecht, Vice President and General Manager of Good News, an organization that has advocated for the retention of the current United Methodist teaching on homosexuality, released a statement this afternoon in response to the letter from 111 UM clergy identifying themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI). “Unfortunately, the […]

U.S. membership decline continues

By Walter Fenton According to the most recent data, The United Methodist Church has lost 116,063 members – the stark equivalent to losing a 318-member local church every day of the year. The recently released statistics are from the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) The loss from 2013 to 2014 reflected a […]

Discussion on “A Way Forward” Continues

Yesterday Rob Renfroe of Good News, A Forum for Scriptural Christianity posted an open letter to Rev. Adam Hamilton and Rev. Mike Slaughter, challenging the content of their proposal for a means by which the United Methodist Church might remain institutionally united while still divided by issue. The “A Way Forward for a United Methodist […]

Good News releases statement calling the present state of the UMC as “untenable”

Good News, the independent evangelical United Methodist organization which promotes “orthodox Wesleyan Christianity” released a statement today following their March 28 board meeting which says that they believe the current situation of the UMC to be “untenable.” Their assessment of the church’s situation is in response to a variety of legal and administrative actions in […]

Good News releases statement on Schafer trial verdict

Good News, an independent group of United Methodists focused on promoting “traditional Wesleyan orthodoxy,” released a statement tonight in response to the verdict and penalty issued to the Rev. Frank Schaefer in his trial ending today. “Although eminently appropriate,” the statement said,  “this penalty marks a sad moment in our church’s life. No one enjoys the […]

Good News issues statement on UM Council of Bishops request

Good News, the independent group of United Methodists committed to promoting “orthodox Wesleyan Christianity,” has issued the following statement in response to the United Methodist Council of Bishops statement earlier today requesting the filing of a complaint against the actions of Bishop Melvin G. Talbert: Good News, a renewal and reform ministry working within The United […]

Good News responds to Frank letter

Good News has issued a statement in response to Dr. Thomas E. Frank’s Open Letter to the Council of Bishops issued earlier today. The statement reads as follows: In an open letter to the Council of Bishops, Dr. Thomas Frank, a United Methodist historian, calls upon the bishops to refrain from processing any more complaints against pastors […]

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 […]