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Christians March for Life Plus Some Methodist Mockery

January 23, 2015

Yesterday’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. was a tremendous day both as a demonstration for human rights and a display of Christian unity. Catholic bishops marched with Anglican bishops and Orthodox clergy, with…


Mainline Churches Hold Israel-Bashing Peace Service

September 6, 2014

On Wednesday September 3rd, a group of mainline churches and Christian organizations organized a National Service of Mourning in remembrance of the lives lost in the recent Israel-Gaza conflict at Calvary Baptist Church. Located…

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Arrested Faith Leaders Demand End to Deportations

August 2, 2014

More than 100 immigration activists, including two United Methodist bishops, were arrested outside of the White House Thursday afternoon after a protest demanding the president halt all deportations.

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Churches Push for Peace with North Korea

July 30, 2014

Should the United States pay Koreans $10 trillion in reparations? Is North Korea the victim of “demonization and propaganda”? Participants in an ecumenical roundtable seemed to think so.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gives one of his regular radio address, widely nicknamed "fireside chats."

Liberal Groups Oppose D-Day Prayer Plaque

May 28, 2014

As the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaches, Congress has proposed the addition of a plaque commemorating FDR’s iconic D-Day prayer to the National World War II Memorial. However, groups such as the UMC’s General Board of Church & Society and the ACLU have come out in opposition to the bill.

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How Cultural Captivity Prevents Churches from Offering Good News

March 14, 2014

How cultural captivity and intimidation of churches leads to withholding Christian compassion from the victims of violence all around us.

Bishop Minerva Carcaño believes "compassion on immigration starts with the stroke of [the President's] pen." (Photo Credit: Pacific Northwest Conference)

United Methodist Figureheads Seek Arrest…Again

February 17, 2014

Bishop Carcaño, no stranger to liberal political activism, announced, “We are willing to be arrested in front of the White House to tell the president that compassion on immigration starts with the stroke of his pen.”

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Are Persecuted Christians Worthy of Concern in Syria but not North Korea?

January 30, 2014

Why is the United Methodist Church’s lobby office concerned for persecuted Christians in Syria but not in North Korea?

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“Faithfully” Opposing Pipelines in Favor of Trucks?

October 29, 2013

Faithful America is “a fast-growing online community dedicated to reclaiming Christianity from the religious right and putting faith into action for social justice.” It’s also funded by George Soros and other left-wing secular philanthropies…

IRD President Mark Tooley with UM Action Director John Lomperis

An Interesting Time to Be United Methodist

October 17, 2013

A must-read big-picture overview of the big-picture trends, challenges, and opportunities currently facing the United Methodist Church, recently delivered by IRD’s United Methodist director John Lomperis to the UM Action Steering Committee.

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Syria War, Churches, Methodists, Franco, Spanish Civil War & Providence

September 9, 2013

In contrast with the United Methodist Board of Church and Society’s usual pacifist platitudes, two United Methodist bishops have made relatively thoughtful, careful statements on the Syria War. Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Greater…

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The United Methodist Lobby Office and Pitting God Against Jesus

August 5, 2013

The Rev. Ryan Barnett is senior pastor of St. John’s UMC in Corpus Christi, Texas and a member of the board of directors for the Confessing Movement within the United Methodist Church. This article originally appeared on his personal blog ( under the title “Wishing God were more like Jesus.”