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Machen’s miracles, Methodists’ morality

History | J. Greshem Machen’s 20th-century take on liberalism could guide faithful Methodists today
by Russell St. John
Posted 1/30/20, 03:22 pm

It is not often that a dead Presbyterian can offer a way forward to living Methodists, but J. Gresham Machen can.

In February 2019 the General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) passed the “Traditional Plan,” which reaffirmed the church’s ban on ordaining LGBTQ clergy and forbade current clergy from officiating at or hosting same-sex marriages. The close vote (438-384) highlighted long-term divisions within the denomination.

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Denominational divide

Churches | The United Methodist Church is heading for a split, leaving lots of questions
by Mary Reichard
Posted 1/10/20, 02:39 pm

On Jan. 3, a group of leaders in the United Methodist Church crafted a proposal to divide the denomination into separate liberal and conservative communions.

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Methodists plan church split

by Kent Covington
Posted 1/06/20, 10:29 am

United Methodist Church leaders from around the world have revealed plans to resolve disagreements over same-sex marriage and homosexual clergy by splitting the church and forming a new denomination. The proposal announced on Friday outlines an amicable divorce after delegates in St. Louis last year voted 438-384 to uphold Biblical marriage.

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