David Gushee’s “Evil” of Seeking Legal Counsel

by (@TheIRD) March 24, 2014

Professor Gushee proves that he too can play the “what would Jesus do?” game, but he takes it all a step further.

Wall Street Journal Misconstrues Russell Moore’s Message

by (@ChelsenVicari) October 25, 2013

Southern Baptists everywhere took exception to Dr. Russell Moore’s comments in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, which featured a full profile of the new President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The eruption of shock, confusion, and concern is leading Dr. Moore to respond in hopes to set his message straight. The […]

Richard Land’s Southern Baptist Quarter Century

by (@TheIRD) June 20, 2013

(Photo Credit: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) By Mark Tooley After twenty-five years Richard Land has retired as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Representing the public policy voice of America’s largest Protestant body, he was a consistently faithful voice on matters of Christian moral witness such as abortion, marriage, […]

Press Release: IRD Commends Richard Land’s Defense of Marriage, Religious Liberty at SBC

by (@TheIRD) June 13, 2013

June 13, 2013 Contact:  Jeff Walton 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell   “Land’s reliable and strong voice on these issues was too rare in the denominational world and will be much missed.” -IRD President Mark Tooley   Washington, DC—Southern Baptists gathered in Houston for their annual convention heard an address from the outgoing head of the denomination’s Ethics & […]

Staunching Baptist Decline

by (@bjgingerich) June 12, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) Over at Religion News Service, Jonathan Merritt has taken up keyboard and monitor to advise the Southern Baptist Convention on how to avoid a disastrous membership slump. His article is well worth a read. The SBC’s statistics guru, Ed Stetzer, announced that America’s largest Christian denomination is starting to see numbers […]

Boy Scouts Forced to Choose Sides in the Culture War

by (@TheIRD) May 22, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) A group of mostly Protestant and evangelical church leaders, representing churches with over 20 million members, are asking the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Council meeting this week to retain the current BSA stance on sexuality. The May 22-24 meeting will consider a proposal to prohibit “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation or […]

Statement of Religious Leaders on Boy Scout Policy this Week

by (@TheIRD) May 21, 2013

The following letter was released earlier today and signed by IRD President Mark Tooley, which reads: We strongly support the Boy Scouts of America current prohibition on open homosexuality and retaining it without revision. Nearly 70 percent of BSA troops are hosted by churches and religious institutions. Upholding traditional morality is vital for sustaining this […]

Temple of American Democracy

by (@markdtooley) April 21, 2013

By Mark Tooley @markdtooley Reputedly the British officer set to torch the U.S. Capitol in 1814 rhetorically exclaimed to his troops while bestride the Speaker of the House’s rostrum: “Shall this harbor of Yankee democracy be burned?” The Capitol has long been the chief icon of American democracy and its main temple of civil religion. […]

Judging the Nations?

by (@TheIRD) April 16, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) Collin Garbarino of Houston Baptist University has reacted to Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter’s offhand suggestion on a radio show that North Korea’s recent military threats represent divine judgment on America for pondering same-sex marriage. Luter later retracted the comments. According to Garbarino, such a suggestion rests on a belief […]

What Makes a Dead Church

by (@JeffreyHWalton) February 22, 2013

The Protestant religious landscape in my town is punctuated by two ongoing trends: new church plants bustling with young families and established congregations that are plateaued or in decline. The newer churches almost all uphold traditional church teachings, but utilize non-traditional buildings for worship and meet at non-traditional times. Some, but not all, of the […]