Bishop Gene Robinson Closes White House Breakfast in Prayer

by (@JeffreyHWalton) April 16, 2014

Retired Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson was back in the news this week, attending the fifth annual White House Easter prayer breakfast.

SYMPOSIUM: Recognizing the Real and Good

by (@bjgingerich) April 8, 2014

The Church’s teaching on sexuality and marriage is an assent to the world.

Facing the Porn Plague

by (@TheIRD) April 6, 2014

“I have seen the evil of pornography spread like a plague throughout our culture. What was once the shameful and occasional vice of the few has become the mainstream entertainment for the many.”

SYMPOSIUM: Why Churches That Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Attract Young Christians Students Like Me

by (@TheIRD) April 5, 2014

Research has shown that while the rest of the U.S. has become more accepting of same-sex marriage, Evangelicals have stood firm in their convictions and this is true for older as well as for younger Evangelicals.

SYMPOSIUM Part 4: Sex and Salvation

by (@JohnGoerke) April 4, 2014

According to Tony Jones, Christianity ought to be totally unconcerned about sexuality. It is a “lie” in his words “that issues of human sexuality are somehow central to Christian doctrine.” This is plainly false. I know, because I once thought as Mr. Jones does.

IRD: World Vision’s Fidelity to Christian Teachings Deserves Thanks

by (@JeffreyHWalton) March 26, 2014

“World Vision’s reaffirmation of orthodox faith helps to ensure it has a robust if not easy future ahead. God bless its faithfulness and ministry,” says IRD President Mark Tooley.

The Hazards of Redefining Marriage

by (@TheIRD) March 3, 2014

Once upon a time—actually, at least 2000 years of time—marriage in the West was defined in thickly-textured way. There were multiple dimensions to its definition—natural, social, consensual, and religious. The natural seemed obvious: two complementary beings—male and female—entered into a permanent one-flesh union that included sexual fidelity. They were complementary in physical and emotional ways and when nature took its course in sexual intercourse, they had children. Since the children were their “flesh and blood,” the parents had strong attachments to them and provided the optimal context for their upbringing.

Congressman: Religious Freedom Legislation Needed To Protect Marriage

by (@TheIRD) February 22, 2014

Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) says “a climate of intolerance and intimidation for citizens who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman” is being created.

You Can’t Afford Not to Marry

by (@TheIRD) February 8, 2014

But it doesn’t actually cost $25,000 to get married. “We can’t afford to get married,” often means, “We can’t afford the lavish wedding which is what we or others expect. We’ll do that someday when we have the money.”

Evangelical United Methodist Historian, IRD Board Member Urges Non-Partisan Christian Social Engagement

by (@JohnLomperis) January 22, 2014

A panel of evangelical scholars discussed how American evangelicals can learn from the mistakes of the past to have a better social and political witness. The starting point for discussion was a recent book by IRD board member Ken Collins of Asbury Theological Seminary.