A Hindu Monk and a Baptist Preacher got married…

by (@jeffgissing) November 29, 2013

About one in four Americans is intentionally sharing their married life with someone whose religious belief system is different from their own. This emerging trend is consistent with the generally agreed-upon trajectory of our culture. We are moving into a period of intense plurality. Difference—in all its forms—is pushing its way into the lives, churches, schools, and neighborhoods of Americans.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Clergy Housing Allowance

by (@jeffgissing) November 27, 2013

A federal judge has ruled that the provision of the Internal Revenue Code that grants clergy the benefit of declaring a portion of their salary as a tax-free housing allowance violates the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.

How to Read Pope Francis

by (@JohnGoerke) November 14, 2013

To understand the Pope you must sift through all the noise to the best commentary available. I applaud those who wish to “dig deep” into what the Pope is actually saying. To ease the search, here is a list of the diamonds I have found among all the rough of the world. Seek and you shall find.

A Sadly Appropriate Choice to Lead the National Council of Churches

by (@JohnLomperis) November 10, 2013

In a very sad way, the likely choice of the National Council of Churches for its new CEO actually seems appropriate.

“All the Saints” & the World Council of Churches

by (@markdtooley) November 4, 2013

One of the best parts of the Sunday closest to All Saints Day is singing the majestic hymn “For All the Saints Who from Their Labors Rest ,” which reminds us of the cosmic, eternal unity of all believers in Jesus Christ across culture and time. Here’s one stanza: O blest communion, fellowship divine, We […]

Pornified: Part 2, Hollywood

by (@JohnGoerke) October 3, 2013

The reason porn is becoming more mainstream and blurring into cinema, is because the need Jon feels is a universal one. We sit at our computers or on our phones to avoid being alone. Sexual intimacy, real sexual intimacy, is as close to another human being as we can get. We all long for it, but most of us will settle for an imitation.

Pornified: Part 1, The Scope of the Problem

by (@JohnGoerke) October 2, 2013

50% of Christian Men and 20% of Christian women report being addicted to porn. I raise this point because an easy cop-out can be made that “Christians aren’t like everybody else.” The extent to which porn affects the culture, which I will outline below, does not change when we look at religious or non-religious, Christian or non-Christian. Porn doesn’t discriminate, we all are victim to it.

Misunderstanding Pope Francis: Context, Confusion, and Catholicism

by (@TheIRD) September 24, 2013

The ongoing media reactions to Pope Francis’ headline-making interview offer opportunities for Catholics to share their faith with a world that is finally paying attention.

IRD Exclusive: Bishop Sutton on the ACNA and Lutheranism

by (@bjgingerich) July 9, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) During the Anglican Way Institute, IRD’s Barton Gingerich had the opportunity to sit down with the Rt. Rev. Ray Sutton, bishop coadjutor in the Diocese in Mid-America of the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) and Ecumenical Officer for the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). This is Part 2 of a four […]

Middle East Peace Coalition Sees Worsening Conditions for Christians

by (@JeffreyHWalton) May 29, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Note: This is the second of two articles about the 2013 Churches for Middle East Peace advocacy conference. To read about the keynote address by Pastor Bob Roberts, please click here. Dissatisfied with the U.S. Administration’s response to the Syrian conflict and the worsening plight of Christians in the Middle East, […]