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When Does Pro-Palestinian Advocacy Cross the Line into Anti-Semitism?

December 8, 2014

When do attacks on Israel cross the line into anti-Semitism? Liberal United Methodists recently got into rather dangerous territory.

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United Methodist Agencies, Activists Rally Against Israel

December 5, 2014

With the support of several UMC agencies, Mike Slaughter’s Ginghamsburg Church hosts conference with radical anti-Israel agenda.

A panel discussion at the conference.  From L-R: Rev. Bruce Robbins (one of the event organizers), GBPHB General Secretary Barbara Boigegrain, Rev. Susan Henry Crowe of the GBCS, and GBGM chief Thomas Kemper (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

United Methodist Conference Promotes Anti-Israel Divestment, “Boycotting All Things Israeli”

December 3, 2014

A recent pro-Palestinian rally supported by several United Methodist agencies promoted an agenda of divestment and “boycotting all things Israeli.”

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Unity with the Persecuted

September 22, 2014

“Speak up for your brothers & sisters. Repent of silence. Rejoice to be in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Metaxas spoke of unity not because of nationality or politics – but because the Church must speak with one voice against evil.

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IRD to Sponsor “People of the Land” Conference Examining Christians and Israel

September 18, 2014

Polls show that U.S. Evangelicals remain strongly pro-Israel. But an increasing number in parachurch groups, Evangelical schools and missions groups are endorsing pro-Palestinian political activism.

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Resisting Occupation?

September 10, 2014

Last week an impressive new monument was dedicated near my home on the site of a freed slave cemetery. About 1700 escaped slaves, or contrabands, were buried there during the Civil War and just…

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Irrefutable: Israel’s Case for Legitimacy

August 29, 2014

Amidst all struggles, Israel reborn as a modern, thriving Jewish state “is undeniably a miracle of God…”

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Israel: As Seen Through the Eyes of an American Millennial

August 26, 2014

Zionist” is not a term I would use to describe myself. But as I found myself huddled and shaking in a bomb shelter along the Israel/Gaza Strip border as missiles fired overhead, my perspective started to change.

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Jerusalem Mayor Blasts Evangelicals’ “Pro-Israel Pro-Palestine” Stance

August 23, 2014

The Evangelical Left’s trendy “Pro-Palestine, Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace” stance lacks depth, facts, solutions and, according to the Mayor of Jerusalem, is in need of a serious reality check.

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Young United Methodists Wrestle with Global, Social Divisions

August 14, 2014

United Methodist youths and young adults gathered from around the world in the Philippines for worship, fellowship, and grappling with some of the denomination’s major theological and global divisions.

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IRD’s Chelsen Vicari to Join Christian Solidarity Trip to Israel

August 12, 2014

IRD Evangelical Action Director Chelsen Vicari will travel to Israel in August as a part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip.

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Checking On My Privilege (And, Yes, It’s Still There)

August 4, 2014

Postmodern thinking has taught me that as a white-male-American, I am unable to truly understand oppression the way the oppressed do. Maybe I can sympathize with the oppressed, but I can never empathize…