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United Methodist Women Release Election Checklist

August 26, 2014

The United Methodist Women have created a midterm election checklist for its members. Unfortunately, like the organization itself, the checklist is biased, outdated, and largely irrelevant.

John Wesley Preaching on his father's tomb (Archives of DePauw University)

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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Millennial Evangelicals and Their Future Social Witness

April 21, 2014

“If your only significant act of public square proclamation is a sneering disavowal of Jerry Falwell, you’re doing it wrong,” Strachan wrote.

Rev. Dr. Ken Collins speaking during the panel discussion.  (Photo credit: IRD)

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

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.

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Liberation Theology Enters Gotham Politics

October 3, 2013

Bill de Blasio presented his loyalty to FDR, Western European leftist politics, and liberation theology as a way to alleviate any worries of potential voters. Of course, religious outlooks only relieve fears of extremism and Communist radicalism if those outlooks are not themselves extremist and ideological.

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The End of Religious Conservatism?

July 25, 2013

A new study finds the number of of religious progressives is on the rise, but they are not an exact mirror of religious conservatives.

(Rev. Joel Hunter shares a laugh in the White House with President Obama and Joshua DuBois. Credit: Washington Post)

Joel Hunter: A Political Pastor

July 15, 2013

A recent Religion News Service (RNS) article by Mark Pinsky profiled Orlando mega-church pastor Joel Hunter, lamenting the pastor’s efforts to “[become] the voice of moderate conservatism and coalition politics have resulted in a ten…


Marriage: Considering Our Cultural Moment

June 28, 2013

The traditional Christian understanding of marriage, family, sexuality, and human life has long been receding from dominance in America, and this week’s Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, which declared the federal…


Superman and the NAE are on a Quest for Peace

June 21, 2013

By Luke Moon (@lukemoon1) It is unclear whether President Obama’s speech outlining his plan to rid the earth of nuclear weapons was timed for the release of the newest Superman movie. Perhaps on the…


Clear Principles for Messy Politics

June 18, 2013

By Luke Moon (@lukemoon1) Years ago my vision was pretty simple: Train and equip young Christians in developing nations to effectively serve in public office or civil society.  As a missionary for 10 years…


Helping the Poor in the Concrete

May 24, 2013

By Faith J. H. McDonnell (@Cuchulain09) I heard this once in a sermon: A psychology professor with no children lived next door to a family with numerous rambunctious sons. Whenever the professor heard one of the parents scolding a…


IRD Exclusive: Dolan, George, and Metaxas Defend Marriage, Life, and Liberty

April 29, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) Last Saturday at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview granted Timothy Cardinal Dolan their most prestigious honor, the William Wilberforce Award. Since 1991, the…