Podcast: Mark Tooley Interviews Bishop Will Willimon

by (@TheIRD) April 15, 2014

IRD President Mark Tooley interviews Bishop Will Willimon, the retired bishop of North Alabama and the previous long time dean of the chapel of Duke University. He has returned to the campus of Duke where he is teaching and writing. His latest book is his first novel, “Incorporated”, set in a Midwestern Protestant congregation across a month of Sundays, with a cast of saints and sinners.

Religious Diversity and Faith-Based Violence: Are They Connected?

by (@TheIRD) April 15, 2014

A recent study concludes that religious pluralism itself might help reduce violence, or nations that have high levels of diversity might also have people less inclined to violence. One difficulty Pew officials found in gathering information was how faith-based violence might be impacted by different denominations within religions.

Faith McDonnell Discusses Consultation of Religious Liberty Partners

by (@TheIRD) April 10, 2014

Dennis Crowley interviews Faith McDonnell, director of religious liberty programs and of the Church Alliance for a New Sudan.   She discusses the consultation of religious liberty partners held at the end of March in Ottawa, Ontario Canada

SYMPOSIUM: How NOT to Reach Millennials

by (@JohnLomperis) April 10, 2014

Recently, some have prominently called for American churches to better attract young adults by pandering to secular liberal values, particularly on sex outside of man-woman marriage. But how well do such efforts actually work, either in achieving their goal of attracting young adults or in maintaining basic Christian faithfulness?

Western Jurisdiction Liberals Tout Global Segregation as Perhaps their “Only Hope” for UMC

by (@JohnLomperis) April 7, 2014

Liberal United Methodists are once again rallying around Global Segregation in hopes of drastically curtailing African influence in denominational affairs and theologically liberalizing the church.

IRD Podcast: Are Evangelicals Uncompassionate?

by (@TheIRD) April 2, 2014

Dennis Crowley, interviews Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Action Director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy responds to recent comments made concerning young Evangelicals.

Religious Minorities in Vietnam Facing Government Scrutiny and Persecution

by (@TheIRD) March 28, 2014

According to Human Rights watchdog Open Doors, Christians are perceived as agents for western nations. Tribal leaders often help the government monitor churches closely.

Mark Tooley Podcast on this Week’s Headlines

by (@TheIRD) March 27, 2014

IRD President Mark Tooley discusses the significance to American Christians involving World Vision and the Hobby Lobby and the Obamacare HHS mandate.

Is Fred Phelps a Saint?

by (@JohnLomperis) March 27, 2014

A liberal United Methodist caucus group is forced by its own deficient theology to count recently deceased hatemonger Fred Phelps among the saints.

Lesbian Activist to Chair UMC Review of Frank Schaefer’s Latest Church-Draining Appeal

by (@JohnLomperis) March 21, 2014

Frank Schaefer was recently defrocked for refusing to respect the UMC’s ban on blessing same-sex unions. But now his appeal will be heard by another official UMC leadership body, whose chair is a lesbian activist.