Mark Tooley is President of the Institute on Religion & Democracy. He is the author of Taking Back The United Methodist Church, published in 2008, and Methodism and Politics in the 20th Century.
Last year a video appeared on YouTube of the last surviving witness to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Samuel Seymour. At almost age 96 he appeared in 1956 on the CBS quiz show “I’ve Got a Secret,” where he was questioned by celebrity panelists like actress Jayne Meadows, widow to Steve Allen and still alive today at […]
Last evening Evangelicals for Social Action hosted Palestinian Bishop Elias Chacour at their “Impact Holy Land” conference. Chacour is a popular speaker at U.S. church events that are critical of Israel and supportive of Palestinian nationalism. A Jewish leader and friend who closely follows church stances towards Israel offers this commentary about Chacour: Elias Chacour […]
John Piper’s poetic ode to Reformed faith is now a fetching video. Check it out here. “The Calvinist” could have easily degenerated into a caricature. Instead it’s quite moving without becoming sentimental. But then, Calvinists don’t surrender to sentiment. They are terse, stoic, long suffering, thorough, persevering. Calvinists are sometimes mocked but they do have […]
United Seminary President Wendy Deichmann’s column “What’s Right with Orthodoxy” offers a refreshing articulation of Christian essentials from one of United Methodism’s most important leaders. Across 5 years she has presided over the stunning revival of a once nearly dead school, a rebirth rooted in its transition from old line Protestant liberalism to classic Christian […]
It’s estimated that 35 million people may descend from the Pilgrims, although there were only 102 Mayflower passengers, about half of whom died the first horrible Winter in the new world. Reportedly only 29 are known to have descendants. So over 10 percent of the United States population traces to those hearty 29 survivors. There […]
House Speaker John Boehner has announced the House will not go to conference with the U.S. Senate over the latter’s immigration legalization proposal, likely forestalling any immigration legislation this year. It’s not for lack of trying by many religious advocates of immigration “reform,” with special exertions by many evangelical elites. A tent has arisen on Capitol Hill to shelter evangelical immigration prayers for immigration legislation.
The fiftieth anniversary of John Kennedy’s assassination has predictably sparked lots of remembrance but little particularly about his religious faith. He was of course the first and only U.S. Catholic president. Thirty four years before JFK’s election Democrat Al Smith had lost the presidency perhaps in part because of his Catholicism. In 1959, JFK as […]
United Methodist theologian Ben Witherington of Asbury Seminary addressed the Evangelical Theological Society today on the issue of biblical inerrancy. This week over 2400 theologians and students attended the ETS annual meeting in Baltimore, whose theme was “Evangelicalism, Inerrancy, and the Evangelical Theological Society: Retrospect and Prospect.” Overall, Witherington preferred calling the Bible “truthful” instead […]
Christians contending for religious liberty today have a long tradition on which to reflect, all the way back to the Apostles, including St. Paul, who appealed to King Agrippa for legal protection, recalled Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore. Moore, who heads his church’s social witness arm, was speaking at a November 20 lunch for religious […]