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Iran’s Spiritual Challenge to American Christians

March 3, 2015

Nine years ago liberal American religious activists like pacifist Jim Wallis of Sojourners created a “Words, Not War, With Iran” coalition to organize against decisive U.S. action against Iran’s nuclear program.  Revealingly they urged:…

Capt. Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr., of Washington, D.C., climbing into an Advanced Trainer. Tuskegee, Alabama. January 1942. Source: Wikimedia Commons

An ISIS side to America’s History?

February 24, 2015

President Obama’s prayer breakfast speech urging Christians and Americans to avoid a “high horse” before condemning Islamists in light of the Crusades and Jim Crow has provoked wider reflection on comparative national and cultural…

“Which is more important, fidelity to historic Christian teaching or temporary political popularity?”
asks Chelsen Vicari, Director of IRD’s Evangelical Action Program.

IRD Cheers Religious Broadcasters’ Strong Witness for Religious Liberty

February 23, 2015

IRD’s Mark Tooley and Chelsen Vicari will participate in the annual National Religious Broadcasters Media Convention this week alongside thousands of Christian communicators.

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Mainline Protestant Decline and Hope

February 19, 2015

Oldine decline is deserved and self precipitated, but nonetheless sad for America and the Body of Christ, leaving a spiritual and cultural void that Evangelicals and Catholics have not been able to fill.

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Obama, Lincoln, and Niebuhr

February 13, 2015

There are numerous defenders of President Obama’s prayer breakfast appeal for Christians to not “get on our high horse” about criticizing Islamic violence and to recall the Crusades, Inquisition and American racial segregation. These…

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The President’s Breakfast Crusade

February 9, 2015

And what about those “foolish, historically illiterate” critics of his speech?

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown (Wikimedia Commons/Farragutful)

Triumph and Decline of America’s Protestant Ascendancy

February 3, 2015

Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington, by Gregg Herken, is about the social and political elites who crafted U.S. foreign policy in the Cold War over their dinner parties and cocktails…

The Rev. Stephen Sizer

Church of England Clergyman Apologizes after Suggesting 9/11 Perpetrated by Israel

January 30, 2015

The Rev. Stephen Sizer linked to an article entitled “9/11 Israel did it”. Sizer, who regularly speaks at conferences with a sharp critique of Christian groups that are supportive of Israel, has in the past been accused of anti-Semitism by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Group leaving the Paoli Methodist Church after a service in the early 1960s. (Photo: paoli-umc.com)

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.

From Left to Right: Tooley, Lomperis, Renfroe, and Miller.

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…

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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.