United Methodist Lobby Office Takes Three Steps Forward, Several Steps Back on Gosnell

by (@JohnLomperis) June 2, 2013

By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) The D.C. lobby office of the United Methodist Church, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), has finally broken its silence about the “health care” offered by abortion and infanticide provider Kermit Gosnell. The GBCS likes to boast that it “has not been silent” on pressing issues of social concern.  […]

Our Existential Need for Jesus

by (@TheIRD) May 2, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) The world of theological controversy can be a very draining world. Much of theological discourse simply is not edifying and is simply a combination of name calling, accusations, and talking past each other. As one who clings to orthodoxy, it is also very draining to see more and more people drifting […]

David Gushee Urges America to Recover its Torture Ethic

by (@TheIRD) April 25, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) “Being able to hold onto one’s principles in times of crisis is a key mark of moral maturity both for persons and for institutions” said Christian ethicist David Gushee. “It’s precisely when we are in emergency situations that we most need our ethics and our laws.” Speaking to All Saints Episcopal […]

Integrity Official Argues Opposition to Homosexuality Rooted in Opposition to Change

by (@TheIRD) April 24, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) “Homosexuality has become the symbol of the changes which are happening in our society” claimed Integrity USA President Caroline Hall last night at an event discussing her book, A Thorn in the Flesh: How Gay Sexuality is Changing the Episcopal Church. Hall argued that the controversy about homosexuality within the Episcopal […]

Sex Trafficking is Sexual Assault

by (@TheIRD) April 18, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) Recently, the European Union released its first “Trafficking in human beings” report. This report, providing data concerning human trafficking in the EU from 2008-2010, revealed that sexual exploitation is the most prevalent and growing type of trafficking in the EU. Women make up 96% of all people trafficked for sexual exploitation […]

Book Review: Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed by Jay Bakker

by (@TheIRD) April 16, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) I recently finished reading Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God by Jay Bakker with Andy Meisenheimer. Going into this book I was fully aware that I have great theological differences with Bakker yet I was very interested to see how he would express himself. The […]

Duke Divinity Faculty on Scriptural Imagination

by (@TheIRD) April 16, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) “When you read Scripture” said Stanley Hauerwas, “you are reading God’s engagement with yourself and with the community.” On February 11, 2013, three Duke Divinity School professors were featured in a panel discussion entitled “Forming Scriptural Imagination.” This discussion, featuring DDS Dean Richard Hays, Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, and Dr. Ellen Davis […]

Abortion: The Personal is Political

by (@TheIRD) April 9, 2013

Photo Credit: AUL By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) “How do you fight abortion?” said Charmaine Yoest, “I want to put a really radical notion on the table. Go on a date” Charmaine Yoest, the President and CEO of the pro-life organization, Americans United for Life, exhorted Wheaton College chapel attendees to challenge our society’s hook-up culture, […]

Scripture, Broken Minds, and the Cruelty of God

by (@TheIRD) April 4, 2013

 Abraham Sacrificing Issac by Laurent de La Hire Photo Credit: Carol Gerten-Jackson By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) I have noticed recently how some Christians have been writing about how our beliefs about God have a moral impact on what type of people we are. Belief in a violent god leads to being a violent person; whereas […]

Religious Voices Loud for “Marriage Equality”

by (@TheIRD) March 28, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (GagliaAC) Marriage equality advocates gathered early Tuesday morning for an interfaith service promoting gay marriage. Religious groups have been very vocal on both sides of the gay marriage debate. Tuesday was no exception as religious groups were very prominent at both the March for Marriage (pro-traditional marriage) and the United for Marriage […]