IRD SYMPOSIUM: The Church and the Millennials

by (@BrianKenMiller) April 14, 2014

The Greek word for “Symposium” originally meant to gather and drink together. Unfortunately, that is not what we have been doing the past two weeks here at the IRD. We have, however,  managed to bring together some of the best and brightest millennial Christians to talk about what the Church and her teachings on sex […]

All I Want for Christmas is Light

by (@bjgingerich) December 22, 2013

The vignettes that follow are a literal take on advice from an HP editor who recommended I write on “what community feels like in a quasi-monastic life with an interval of study and religious devotion.” Perhaps in the spirit of Thomas Nagel, he was asking, “What is it like to be a seminarian?”

Good Friday–The Last Words of Jesus #5: “I Thirst”

by (@bjgingerich) March 29, 2013

I had the privilege and honor to participate in my home parish’s Good Friday penitential offices today (thankfully, the IRD office has a half-day for the season). At Holy Trinity Church, we meditate on the seven last words of Christ. I was assigned the fifth. I confess I offer little original thought of my own, […]

For Shame

by (@nathanieltorrey) March 22, 2013

(Photo Credit: By Nathaniel Torrey (@nathanieltorrey) Not too long ago the Evangelical/Post-Evangelical Christian blogosphere was alight with commentary on the harmful effects of purity culture, a subculture of American evangelical Protestantism with the goal of systematically instilling the virtue of chastity in their youth with purity rings, purity balls, pledges, etc. Many notables weighed […]

Commitment-Free Critics and the ‘Christian Virginity Cult’

by (@TheIRD) February 8, 2013

By Bart Gingerich (@BJGingerich) You may have noticed the recent volley of criticism against the evangelical sex culture. No, not the trends toward loose morals, but the Christian fascination with virginity and purity. The casualties of the “purity movement” are starting to speak out. Former fundamentalist and current feminist Elizabeth Esther looked back on her adolescence and said, […]

IRD Commends Southern Baptist, Catholic Support for Current Boy Scouts Policy

by (@TheIRD) February 4, 2013

“Most who are pressuring the Boy Scouts of America do not care about the organization. It is just another casualty in their culture war.” -Bart Gingerich, IRD Washington, DC—Proposed changes to the Boy Scouts of America’s existing policy barring homosexuals from Scout leadership positions have met with significantly differing responses from U.S. churches. Most Boy Scout […]

The Pilgrimage of World Christianity

by (@TheIRD) December 18, 2012

By Bart Gingerich Researchers and scholars filed into the Library of Congress on December 13 to hear former Reformed Church in America general secretary Wesley Granberg-Michaelson discuss global Christianity. Much of his audience seemed disturbed by the international ascendancy of orthodox Christian faith. A visiting scholar at the LOC’s Kluge Center, Granberg-Michaelson already boasts quite […]

Faith Enters Public Square in Immigration Panel

by (@TheIRD) December 7, 2012

By Bart Gingerich Southern Baptist leader Richard Land joined other members of a national immigration task force to discuss the need for compassionate policy reform. The December 5th panel was held in downtown Washington, DC as part of the Human Rights Summit, which was organized by the nonpartisan advocacy organization Human Rights First. U.S. Congresswoman […]

UM Bishop Willing to Participate in Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies

by (@bjgingerich) December 3, 2012

At a recent conference, retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert expressed his willingness to participate in same-sex weddings. The event was the Lake Junaluska Multicultural Conference 2012: Creating a Church for All People. Directed by the Kaleidoscope Institute, the meeting was November 29 – December 1 at the retreat center of United Methodism’s Southeast Jurisdiction, […]

Evangelicals Discuss “The American Dream” at Cedarville University

by (@TheIRD) November 1, 2012

By Bart Gingerich On October 25th and 26th, Christians from the right and the left convened at Cedarville University in Ohio to debate economic policy from a religious standpoint. Representatives from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Sojourners, Evangelicals for Social Action, and the Discovery Institute touted mathematical figures, ethics, and biblical interpretation before an audience […]