Shane Claiborne on ‘Wounded Healers’

by (@TheIRD) June 19, 2013

Photo Credit: NBC Philadelphia By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) “Every time we gather [for Communion], we gather around a victim of violence who had wounds to show it. And yet triumphed over violence without mirroring it. But triumphed over hatred with love,” preached Philadelphia urban activist and author Shane Claiborne in a chapel service at United […]

Orphaned Land: Peace Through Metal

by (@TheIRD) June 17, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) The Arab-Israeli conflict is as controversial an issue as ever. There are those who think the Jewish people have a historical and Biblical right to the land; there are those who are disgusted by the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians and rally for the Palestinian cause; there are those who make […]

Twelve Tribes: Turning Community into Legalism

by (@TheIRD) May 30, 2013

Twelve Tribes Community in Nelson, BC (Photo Credit: Fellowship for Intentional Community) By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) Recently, in Christian circles there have been conversations concerning the merits of radical Christianity. Many followers of Jesus have a feeling that pursuing the American dream is not compatible with Christianity and that there must be something more to […]

Ex-ICC Prosecutor Calls on Obama to Take Action on Sudan

by (@TheIRD) May 23, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) Last week I had the privilege to interview Luis Moreno Ocampo, the former first prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Ocampo was the man who prosecuted Omar al-Bashir for the massive atrocities he committed in Darfur. Naturally, I was eager to hear his thoughts on President Obama’s invitation of Nafie Ali […]

Our Existential Need for Jesus

by (@TheIRD) May 2, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) The world of theological controversy can be a very draining world. Much of theological discourse simply is not edifying and is simply a combination of name calling, accusations, and talking past each other. As one who clings to orthodoxy, it is also very draining to see more and more people drifting […]

Internet Pornography: Society’s Mr. Hyde

by (@TheIRD) May 1, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) The question of government regulation is one that sparks much debate between people of all political persuasions. Internet pornography is an excellent example of this. The question of whether pornography is inherently harmful to viewers and whether the porn industry is inherently exploitive and degrading to women is very controversial. Though […]

David Gushee Urges America to Recover its Torture Ethic

by (@TheIRD) April 25, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) “Being able to hold onto one’s principles in times of crisis is a key mark of moral maturity both for persons and for institutions” said Christian ethicist David Gushee. “It’s precisely when we are in emergency situations that we most need our ethics and our laws.” Speaking to All Saints Episcopal […]

Integrity Official Argues Opposition to Homosexuality Rooted in Opposition to Change

by (@TheIRD) April 24, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) “Homosexuality has become the symbol of the changes which are happening in our society” claimed Integrity USA President Caroline Hall last night at an event discussing her book, A Thorn in the Flesh: How Gay Sexuality is Changing the Episcopal Church. Hall argued that the controversy about homosexuality within the Episcopal […]

Sex Trafficking is Sexual Assault

by (@TheIRD) April 18, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) Recently, the European Union released its first “Trafficking in human beings” report. This report, providing data concerning human trafficking in the EU from 2008-2010, revealed that sexual exploitation is the most prevalent and growing type of trafficking in the EU. Women make up 96% of all people trafficked for sexual exploitation […]

Book Review: Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed by Jay Bakker

by (@TheIRD) April 16, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) I recently finished reading Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God by Jay Bakker with Andy Meisenheimer. Going into this book I was fully aware that I have great theological differences with Bakker yet I was very interested to see how he would express himself. The […]