This week’s MethodistThinker Podcast features a presentation by Dr. James V. Heidinger II, recently retired as the president and publisher of Good News, United Methodism’s flagship renewal ministry.
Born into a political family in Illinois (his grandfather was a three-term U.S. Congressman and his father a state officeholder), Jim Heidinger decided his calling was in Christian ministry. He attended Asbury College and Asbury Seminary in Kentucky, and then earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
For 12 years, he served churches in the East Ohio Annual Conference, then was named the leader of Good News in 1981.
In that role, Dr. Heidinger held forth for nearly three decades as a calm and steady voice for United Methodist renewal, through his writings (in Good News magazine and in book form), speaking engagements, and as a media spokesman for evangelical concerns in the UMC.
Jim Heidinger retired from Good News on July 1, 2009, after 28 years of service.
This podcast features a presentation by Dr. James Heidinger recorded earlier this year at a gathering of the Arkansas Conference Confessing Movement. Listen using the audio player below (23 min.) — or download an mp3 file (10.7 MB; on a PC, right click and choose “save as”).
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|•||A salute to James Heidinger of Good News|
Related articles and information
|•||Methodism’s SILENT minority | Charles W. Keysor (July 1966)|
|•||Much has changed since Jim Heidinger became a leader of UM evangelicals | Terry Mattingly, Scripps Howard News Service (July 9, 2009)|
|•||Reflections on passing the torch (PDF) | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (May/June 2009)|
|•||Heidinger reflects on Good News leadership | Linda Bloom, United Methodist News Service (April 2, 2009)|
|•||Good News announces new leadership upon Heidinger retirement | Good News (March 12, 2009)|
|•||United Methodism in crisis: Scriptural renewal through the Good News Movement | Chapter 4 of Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life by Steven M. Tipton (University of Chicago Press, 2008 — via Google Books)|
|•||An address to the Faithful and Welcoming Churches national meeting (PDF) | James V. Heidinger II (July 2008)|
|•||40 years of vision for United Methodist reformation and renewal (PDF) | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (November/December 2007)|
|•||Lessons from United Methodist Renewal (PDF—see pp. 4-8) | An address by James V. Heidinger II to the Presbyterian Coalition Gathering (November 2005)|
|•||An interview with the Rev. Dr. James V. Heidinger II | Katherine T. Phan, The Christian Post (Nov. 6, 2004)|
|•||Turning the Mainline around | Michael S. Hamilton and Jennifer McKinney, Christianity Today (Aug. 1, 2003)|
|•||Good News board honors Heidinger | Tim Tanton, United Methodist News Service (Feb. 13, 2003)|
|•||Coalition speaker Heidinger describes renewal ‘phenomenon’ | Evan Silverstein, PCUSA News (May 27, 2003)|
|•||Good News’ response to Cal/Nevada’s dismissal of complaints against 68 clergy involved in same-sex covenant | James V. Heidinger II on behalf of the Good News Board of Directors (Feb. 14, 2000)|
|•||Good News board urges bishops to preserve unity of church | United Methodist News Service (Feb. 2, 1999)|
|•||Good News celebration emphasizes revival and renewal | United Methodist News Service (July 1, 1997)|
|•||‘Good News’ says push to accept homosexual practice threatens to split United Methodist Church | United Methodist News Service (May 6, 1997)|
|•||Evangelical leaders from mainline denominations form new association; Heidinger named chairman | United Methodist News Service (Oct. 24, 1996)|
|•||‘Re-Imagining’ rejects historic Christianity | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (January/February 1994)|
|•||Mainline conservatives protest women’s ‘Re-Imagining’ conference | Carlton Elliott Smith, Religious News Service (Jan. 15, 1994—reprinted in the Feb. 16, 1994 issue of The Christian Century)|
|•||‘Durham Declaration’ asks for ‘Scriptural approach’ to abortion | United Methodist News Service (March 12, 1991)|