IRD Exclusive: Bishop David Hicks on GAFCON II (Part 1)

by (@bjgingerich) November 5, 2013

“It seems to me that the Global South is much more adept at giving its testimony to witness for the Gospel and to stand for Christ in a way that is not afraid of being marginalized or disliked or even for hostility directed back at it. I think in the West our culture has put us in a place where we are often afraid to speak boldly, to make the exclusive claims of the Gospel, and to present Jesus Christ in a very straightforward way because we want to be accepted.”

Field Notes – Day 1: Does Hope for the West Lie in Africa?

by (@lukemoon1) July 29, 2013

I sit at my desk looking out at the bright green ficus tree as the gentle breeze brings the smell of cookfires and city life.  I hear the sound of men making cloth through a process which includes pounding it with a large wooden mallet.  At $20 a yard, it is reserved for only the […]

IRD Exclusive: Bishop Ray Sutton on the Reformed Episcopal Resurgence

by (@bjgingerich) July 8, 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 1 of a four […]

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 […]

The Merits (and Demerits) of the “Radical” Movement

by (@bjgingerich) May 28, 2013

The following was first appeared on the Patheos blog Philosophical Fragments and has been republished with permission. Many thanks to Tim Dalrymple for letting me hurl my sabot into the ever-vibrant milieu of the Evangelical Channel. Remember Your Baptism: A Message for Radicals, Legalists, Wheat and Tares By Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) American evangelicals are finally debating the merits […]

Marcion Lives! René Girard’s Unoriginal Errors

by (@TheIRD) May 7, 2013

by Caleb Nelson “Interpreters,” notes Rene Girard, “never notice that they are themselves invariably understood and explained by the text that they pride themselves on understanding and explaining to us” (212). This point ironically applies to Girard’s own work, of course—which, as a postmodern thinker, he himself would almost gleefully acknowledge. From a pan- or […]

George Weigel on A New Catholicism

by (@TheIRD) April 8, 2013

Author and theologian George Weigel says to understand the future of the Roman Catholic Church, one has to look back a century and a half to reforms put in place by Pope Leo XIII. George Weigel tells Steve Paikin what this version of the church looks like and how it will respond to modernity. Watch […]

Southern Baptists Press Northeast while New England Mainlines Decline

by (@bjgingerich) March 28, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) The Associated Press released a notable story on the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) efforts to plant churches in New England. The SBC has spent roughly $5.5 million to plant churches in the northeast United States since 2002 and have another $800,000 already invested for this year. The report quotes Scott Thumma […]

Cross-Centered Catholic Renewal

by (@TheIRD) March 27, 2013

By George Weigel In a Sistine Chapel homily given to the cardinals who had elected him pope the evening before, the new bishop of Rome, reflecting on the dialogue between Jesus and Peter at Caesarea Philippi (Matt. 16:13-25), challenged those who had just laid a great cross on his shoulders to deepen their own commitment […]

Confirming the Truth: My Response to Claremont School of Theology

by (@JohnLomperis) March 6, 2013

by John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) On Saturday, we posted an article of mine reporting on how Claremont School of Theology (CST), which has long received generous funding from United Methodist offering plates, was considering removing the cross from its chapel for the sake of making it more accommodating to Muslim, Buddhist, and Jain religious services. On […]