IRD SYMPOSIUM: The Church and the Millennials

by (@BrianKenMiller) April 14, 2014

The Greek word for “Symposium” originally meant to gather and drink together. Unfortunately, that is not what we have been doing the past two weeks here at the IRD. We have, however,  managed to bring together some of the best and brightest millennial Christians to talk about what the Church and her teachings on sex […]

Gay Weddings & Conscientious Objection

by (@TheIRD) March 3, 2014

Jonathan Merritt’s latest contribution to Christian moral theology is a piece titled Does the Bible prohibit providing services at same sex weddings? Joe Carter provides a devastating response in Since Jesus ate with sinners do I have to eat at the strip club’s buffet? Mr. Carter so thoroughly demolishes Merritt’s and Kiersten Powers’ argument that “Since Jesus [had dinner with/partied with/hung out with] sinners in the places where they congregated, we should do so too” that it would seem the case is closed.

Gene Robinson on Schaefer Trial: “Enough people will become fed up … the rules will change”

by (@JeffreyHWalton) December 20, 2013

In advance of his defrocking Thursday by Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church officials, embattled Pastor Frank Schaefer joined MSNBC host Chris Matthews and retired Episcopal Church Bishop Gene Robinson on Hardball Wednesday night to make his case.

UMC District Superintendent Marries Lesbian Pastors

by (@HashtagGriswold) December 18, 2013

The UMC’s official blog reported Monday on yet another gay wedding officiated by a United Methodist minister. But in a shocking first, both members of the same-sex couple are also ordained United Methodist ministers.

Renegade UMC Pastors See Congregations Dwindle

by (@HashtagGriswold) November 23, 2013

Proponents of gay marriage often claim that denominations embracing same-sex marriage will attract new members and counteract declines in membership. However, a quick glance at the membership figures of outspoken pro-gay UMC churches show just how wrong they are.

Met. Hilarion Calls for Prophetic Witness Against Radical Islamism, Militant Secularism

by (@nathanieltorrey) November 6, 2013

Addressing the World Council of Churches (WCC) this past Friday, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the public face of the Russian Orthodox Church, says the continued relevance and existence of the WCC depends on how effectively it addresses challenges facing Christians throughout the world. He identifies two major challenges: militant secularism and radical Islamism. These challenges, he […]

Pennsylvania UMC Pastors Vow to Co-Officiate Gay Wedding

by (@HashtagGriswold) October 25, 2013

As a United Methodist pastor faces a church trial in Pennsylvania for overseeing a gay marriage, 31 other UMC pastors have announced their intention to co-officiated a same-sex wedding in solidarity.

Pope Francis still committed to upholding teachings of Catholic Church

by (@rebs8675309) September 24, 2013

Last week, the full interview with Pope Francis, conducted by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., was released by America. Francis certainly had much to say, and as has happened in the past, his statements were not only heard by the mainstream media and those with beliefs counter to the Roman Catholic Church, but misinterpreted and prematurely celebrated. […]

Homosexual British Poster-Couple To Sue Churches

by (@TheIRD) August 2, 2013

The homosexual couple who have been promoted by the British government to help sell “gay marriage” to the public are threatening to sue churches that want to opt-out of performing “gay weddings”.

Signposts in a Strange Land

by (@TheIRD) August 1, 2013

As St. Augustine reminded us in City of God, Christian are always going be strangers in a strange land; our home is not of this world. But Bishop Egan directs our attention to something new: the very meaning of our words and customs have been evacuated and replaced with things new and unnatural.