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Sojourners' Jim Wallis (second from Left) appeared on a panel to discuss mass incarceration alongside Harold Dean Trulear (Left), Janet Wolf (Center), Marian Wright Edelman (Right) and Iva Carruthers (Right). (Photo: National Council of Churches)

Wallis: Fear of Demographic Change behind Incarceration, Immigration Policies

May 27, 2014

Resistance to changes in incarceration and immigration policy in the United States is rooted in fear and white racism, according to a prominent Evangelical Left official.

Rev. J. Dana Trent and husband Fred Eaker (photo credit: Saffron Cross)

A Hindu Monk and a Baptist Preacher got married…

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.

The parsonage of First United Methodist Church in Cascade County, MT. (Photo Credit: Rob Stutz / Wikimedia Commons)

Federal Judge Strikes Down Clergy Housing Allowance

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.

Palin was asked in an interview about Pope Francis. Her answer is quite interesting.

How to Read Pope Francis

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.

Jim Winkler (right) at a 2003 rally with iconic liberal Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy (Photo credit: Vince Isner / UMNS)

A Sadly Appropriate Choice to Lead the National Council of Churches

November 10, 2013

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

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“All the Saints” & the World Council of Churches

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,…

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Pornified: Part 2, Hollywood

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.

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Pornified: Part 1, The Scope of the Problem

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.

Numerous media outlets have erroneously claimed that Pope Francis is offering a change in Roman Catholic doctrines on homosexuality and abortion. This can only be believed if one quotes him entirely out of context.

Misunderstanding Pope Francis: Context, Confusion, and Catholicism

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

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…


Middle East Peace Coalition Sees Worsening Conditions for Christians

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…


Gulliver’s Travels and Differences of Doctrine

March 1, 2013

(Source: 4umi.com) by Nathaniel Torrey (@nathanieltorrey) In the first part of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Lemuel Gulliver is stranded upon the island of the Lilliput, home of tiny humans called Lilliputians.  From his relatively…