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Education: This Time It Really is About the Children

September 15, 2014

Few realms of human activity have such a profound impact on individuals, families, societies, and nations than the quality (or lack thereof) in education…

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The Good Samaritan (Is a Lobbyist)

August 30, 2014

Given my personal experience with traumatizing violence, I find PCUSA’s response to Ferguson particularly shameful. Instead of confronting the more difficult problem of our society’s apathy to violence, the PCUSA has decided to lobby Congress…

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The Joy of Sex

August 16, 2014

Babies, we think, are not the point of sex. They along with venereal diseases are among the hazards of sex, things to be avoided…

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Practicing What the Church Teaches

July 22, 2014

The great danger for believers convinced of the clear statements of Christ and the apostles on marriage, the family, and sexuality is that the Synod will recommend that formal sanction be given to the practical acceptance of people not conforming to Christ’s teaching, without any change in their lives.

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Tradition: We are Not So Alone

July 18, 2014

Tradition is not a separate entity from your own personal Experience. Tradition is not a dead static heirloom which you may or may not perpetuate…

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Is Your Church Really A Community?

June 21, 2014

A family is how the Epistles describe the Early Church: they spent time together, ate together, got to know one another, learned from each other, were vulnerable and open to each other…

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Wearing a White Carnation

May 11, 2014

By Faith J. H. McDonnell (@Cuchulain09) FIRST PUBLISHED IN MAY 2013, REVIVED FOR ANOTHER MOTHER’S DAY A longstanding tradition on Mother’s Day is to wear a carnation in honor of your mother. Wearing a…

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SYMPOSIUM: Why Churches That Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Attract Young Christians Students Like Me

April 5, 2014

Research has shown that while the rest of the U.S. has become more accepting of same-sex marriage, Evangelicals have stood firm in their convictions and this is true for older as well as for younger Evangelicals.


Brad Pitt, Family, and Faith

July 13, 2013

(Photo credit: Esquire) by Brian Miller Esquire magazine recently ran a profile of actor Brad Pitt that touched on several little known aspects of his personal life. Its difficult to admire Pitt as a…

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Why “Blinged-Out Weddings”?

July 9, 2013

Let’s be frank, shall we? Lots of newlyweds have already been either fooling around or cohabiting. What does this mean for the nuptial event itself?


The Ethics of Surrogacy

June 8, 2013

Kristin Rudolph (@Kristin_Rudolph) Surrogacy is not an issue that comes to the average Christian’s mind when discussing the dignity and sanctity of human life. But Russell Moore, the new president of the Ethics and…


IRD Board Chair Receives Woman of the Year Honors

June 6, 2013

In May the World Congress of Families (WCF) honored IRD board Chair Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse for her steadfast advancement of pro-family issues. WCF released the following statement acknowledging Dr. Crouse’s recognition: At a…