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Fifty Years Since Methodism Grew in America

January 28, 2015

Methodism had been America’s largest Protestant denomination until surpassed by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1967, whose membership is now more than double United Methodism’s.

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Renewal and Reform Coalition Decries Talbert Resolution as “Inadequate, Unfitting, and Improper”

January 26, 2015

United Methodist renewal leaders stand united in decrying Talbert resolution, calling for corrective action by bishops, annual conferences, and General Conference.

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The Death of Marcus Borg, Christian Panentheist

January 26, 2015

The heterodox theologian and controversialist Marcus Borg, who died recently at age 72, has been eulogized in countless blogs and articles by admirers acclaiming his spiritual insights. Others, including some theological traditionalists, have recalled…

March for Life

Christians Declare Solidarity with Unborn at March for Life

January 22, 2015

Tens of thousands of members of the pro-life community descend upon Washington D.C. for the March for Life Thursday.

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Up From Superficial Christian Compassion

January 9, 2015

Reflections on Christian social justice and eternity

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Religious & Urban Renewal in Washington, DC.

December 28, 2014

One church’s thriving ministry among mainly young people who are flocking to rejuvenated neighborhoods in the nation’s capital showcases the ongoing resilience of American religion, especially Evangelicalism.

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IRD: Thanksgiving “the supreme season for gratitude for God’s blessing”

November 25, 2014

“For all of our problems, there is much for which Americans of all faiths can be extremely grateful,” says IRD’s Mark Tooley.

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Liberal Church Groups React to Ferguson Grand Jury

November 25, 2014

Two liberal church groups responded immediately to the Ferguson grand jury verdict.

Sign located near the border between California and Tijuana along the Via de San Ysidro warning motorists of families potentially fleeing from border crossing checkpoints. (Photo credit:  Zilia Castrillon/Flickr)

Christian Response to Executive Amnesty?

November 19, 2014

“Church bodies in the U.S. addressing immigration would do well to avoid legislative specifics and instead offer broad principles that affirm rule of law, social order, security, human dignity, and economic opportunity for all Americans,” says IRD President Mark Tooley.

Voting Booths

Exit Polls: Conservative Christians Showed Up to Vote

November 7, 2014

Conservative religious voters made up as big a percentage of the electorate as ever in the midterm election according to exit polls.

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Defrocking Methodist Clergy & Orthodoxy’s Unending Challenge

October 27, 2014

Defrocked United Methodist minister Frank Schaefer, who defied church law against same sex rites, has been reinstated by a church court on a technicality.

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Decadence Sometimes Recedes

October 26, 2014

Conservatives, especially Christian ones, commonly assume civilization is in a chronic irreversible spiral. But evil doesn’t advance inexorably nor does virtue always retreat. All societies everywhere combine decadence with spiritual vitality. Here’s a provocative…