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.
Recently, at his retirement, Sweden’s most prominent Evangelical and founder of the country’s largest congregation announced his conversion to Roman Catholicism. Stefan Gustavsson, General Secretary, Swedish Evangelical Alliance, offers this response, through my friend, Jacob Rudolfsson, Coordinator, Swedish Evangelical Alliance. I appreciate Gustavsson’s affirmation of common Christian faith and commitment to further cooperation in a […]
The Kulturkampf against Christian faith and ethics marches forward, now striking at Bowdoin College in Maine, where leaders of an Evangelical campus ministry are effectively being excluded because they won’t bend their knees to the new religion of “sexual orientation.” Longtime volunteer co-leaders of Bowdoin Christian Fellowship, a husband and wife, who operated the group […]
Rev. Dr. Randy Paige, Senior Pastor, Christ Church United Methodist Church in Port Jefferson Station, New York, was one of two clergy who filed charges against Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree for violating United Methodist policy against same sex rites. Today New York United Methodist Bishop Martin McLee announced there will be no church trial for […]
Florida Evangelical megachurch pastor Joel Hunter is part of an unusual coalition opposing the Keystone Pipeline carrying tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. A prominent board member of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), and a spiritual counselor to President Obama, Hunter has joined with mostly liberal clergy, including several Episcopal […]
In trying to discredit Ukrainian nationalism recently, Russia has cited ostensible fascists and neo-Nazis in the overthrow of the now defunct pro-Russian government. Part of the evidence Russians like Vladimir Putin have cited is the veneration by some Ukrainians for Stepan Bandera, who lead the Organization for Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) during World War II. Thousands […]
Last night I was shocked by the long line at I-HOP until being instructed that it was National Pancake Day, evidently a new holiday. It is of course a secularized version of Shrove Tuesday, which was last evening, and I ideally would have been in a Methodist church fellowship hall eating pancakes, a tradition before […]
Walking about the snowy, mostly empty streets of Washington, D.C. today I was thinking about The Star-Spangled Banner, which was declared the National Anthem today in 1931, and about its author Francis Scott Key, a devout Episcopalian. Interesting that it became the National Anthem during the depths of the Great Depression, and in time for […]
Recently a Fort Worth newspaper columnist spotlighted a local Tea Party leader for suggesting a local political candidate was likely less conservative, and less supportable, because he’s Methodist. (Photo of Tea Partiers by Abaca Press) “Methodists tend not to take a stand on issues — anything goes,” the Tea Partier suggested. “Methodists are not as […]
National Religious Broadcasters meet in Nashville: Over 3,700 Evangelicals gathered over the last several days in Nashville for the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) annual convo amid emerging threats in America to religious liberty and public expression of orthodox Christianity.