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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.
December 18, 2014
A new Pew survey shows overwhelming majorities of Americans believe in the historical actuality of the Christmas story, including the Virgin Birth, the angels appearing to shepherds and the Wise Men following the star…
December 8, 2014
Much more than a single article could be written detailing all the ways in which American evangelical Protestantism looks very different from the early church. Certainly not all of the developments in our external circumstances…
June 6, 2014
A coalition of liberal religious groups has authored a letter to U.S. lawmakers expressing concerns about a renewed initiative to add a prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in the nation’s capital.
April 11, 2014
The religious enthusiasts for liberalized immigration and mass legalization rarely if ever acknowledge their proposals’ potential if not likely consequence of encouraging further illegal immigration.
March 21, 2014
IRD President Mark Tooley discusses the arrest in January of several United Methodist bishops protesting U.S. government immigration policy in our debut podcast.
March 5, 2014
Last night I was shocked by the long line at I-HOP until being instructed that it was National Pancake Day, evidently a new holiday. It is of course a secularized version of Shrove Tuesday,…
March 3, 2014
As Washington, D.C. is mercifully rendered temporarily inoperable, and as the Anglican communion celebrates the feast day of John and Charles Wesley, here are five entries form John Wesley’s Journal to remind us what snow days were like for the devoted cleric.
March 3, 2014
More than fifty young United Methodist clergy traveled to Capitol Hill at the end of January to take part in the 13th annual Young Clergy Leadership Forum hosted by the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). The stated purpose of the Forum is “to put a human face on the Board of Church and Society.” Provisional and Full Elders and Deacons were represented among the participants, and this was the first Forum in which two clergy from Africa were able to participate. The young clergy had the opportunity to meet GBCS staff and hear about the day-to-day advocacy, resourcing, and communication work in which they are engaged. Most of the material presented at the sessions was strong, though a couple of elements left much to be desired.
December 10, 2013
This blog is NOT about the plagiarism charges against Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll, pictured above, whose impressive effectiveness as teacher and evangelist for orthodox Christianity especially among young people in a very secular region…
November 22, 2013
The fiftieth anniversary of John Kennedy’s assassination has predictably sparked lots of remembrance but little particularly about his religious faith. He was of course the first and only U.S. Catholic president. Thirty four years…