IRD SYMPOSIUM: The Church and the Millennials

by (@BrianKenMiller) April 14, 2014

The Greek word for “Symposium” originally meant to gather and drink together. Unfortunately, that is not what we have been doing the past two weeks here at the IRD. We have, however,  managed to bring together some of the best and brightest millennial Christians to talk about what the Church and her teachings on sex […]

SYMPOSIUM: How NOT to Reach Millennials

by (@JohnLomperis) April 10, 2014

Recently, some have prominently called for American churches to better attract young adults by pandering to secular liberal values, particularly on sex outside of man-woman marriage. But how well do such efforts actually work, either in achieving their goal of attracting young adults or in maintaining basic Christian faithfulness?

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.

SYMPOSIUM: A Warped and Crooked Generation

As Moses and Paul make clear, there’s nothing unique about millennials. There was nothing socially liberal or postmodern about Jesus’ generation or the ancient Israelites, yet every generation is “warped and crooked,” and every generation carries sin and worldliness displeasing to God. Yes, millennials often have their own unique failings, but so did every other generation before them, all the way back to the Original Sin.

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.

Are Millennials Fleeing Evangelicalism?

by (@JeffreyHWalton) April 4, 2014

In the wake of World Vision’s effective same-sex “marriage” endorsement, subsequently followed by their reaffirmation of traditional marriage, figures on the Religious Left such as Rachel Held Evans and Tony Jones claim that traditional Christian teachings on marriage and sexuality are driving the Millennial generation away from the church. IRD’s Chelsen Vicari responds.

IRD Podcast: Are Evangelicals Uncompassionate?

by (@TheIRD) April 2, 2014

Dennis Crowley, interviews Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Action Director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy responds to recent comments made concerning young Evangelicals.

Millennials & Church SYMPOSIUM Part 3: Matter Matters

by (@nathanieltorrey) April 2, 2014

This is Part 3 in an IRD Symposium on Millennials in the Church. Here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7. On the heels of World Vision USA reversing its decision to employ Christians in legally recognized same sex marriages, bloggers Tony Jones and Rachel Held Evans make the […]

Should The Church Pander to Millennials?

by (@markdtooley) March 31, 2014

Should The Church cater/pander to the reputed majority views of young people, i.e. the much mythologized Millennials, in pursuit of their allegiance? There’re ongoing insistent demands from liberal church voices that Christianity, especially the Evangelical world, will crumble unless key teachings at odds with purported Millennial preferences are amended or abandoned. The larger issue is […]

SYMPOSIUM: What Does Liberal Christianity Offer Millennials?

by (@BrianKenMiller) March 31, 2014

There are plenty of good young people in the pews to carry the Church into the next generation, and having felt the reward of sacrifice, they are not anxious to unravel the Church’s teaching in the name of popular opinion.