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The Real Problem with Our DNA

June 27, 2015

Recently President Obama stated that “The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination is in almost every institution of our lives, you know; that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of Americans’ DNA…

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A Tale of Two Commencements

May 26, 2015

The May 11th commencement address at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and the May 22nd commencement address at United Theological Seminary differed significantly in their identification of the goals of theological study…

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The Call of Conscience

May 20, 2015

In a recent article, I noted UMC Bishop Mel Talbert’s appeal to conscience as a justification for violating the rules of the UMC Book of Discipline which he had agreed to live by. This…

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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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Christmas Is Undefeatable

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…

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How American Evangelicals Are NOT Following New Testament Christianity

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…

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Liberal Groups Reject FDR’S D-Day Prayer

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.

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How Should Methodism View Politics?

April 26, 2014

One central insight into Wesley’s public theology was his belief, as Oden describes, that “people share in the political sins of their country.” Wesley declared in 1775, in a service memorializing British soldiers killed in America: “God frequently punishes a people for the sins of their rulers, because they are generally partakers of their sins, in one kind or other.”

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Catholics, Methodists & Deportations

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.

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IRD Podcast: Mark Tooley Interview

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.

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Pancakes, Shrove Tuesday and Methodist Riots

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,…

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Five Times John Wesley Braved the Snow

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.