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Liberal Church Groups React to Ferguson Grand Jury

November 25, 2014

Two liberal church groups responded immediately to the Ferguson grand jury verdict.

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Mainline Churches Hold Israel-Bashing Peace Service

September 6, 2014

On Wednesday September 3rd, a group of mainline churches and Christian organizations organized a National Service of Mourning in remembrance of the lives lost in the recent Israel-Gaza conflict at Calvary Baptist Church. Located…

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How to Shrink Your Church in One Easy Step

August 22, 2014

Every major American church that has taken steps towards liberalization on sexual issues has seen a steep decline in membership.

Attendees at the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.'s 2014 General Assembly line up to debate the issues.  (Photo by Michael Whitman, PCUSA)

PCUSA Votes For Anti-Israel Divestment

June 20, 2014

After a decade of heated debate, backtracking, and suspenseful votes, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has once again voted for divestment from three companies that do business with Israel. The controversial vote is sure to inspire debate…

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Marriage, Anti-Israel Divestment Fights Ahead for Presbyterians Gathering in Detroit

June 12, 2014

Amid spiraling membership, proposals to redefine marriage and end denominational investments with companies that do business with Israel will be before commissioners this week at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly.

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Does God Demand a $10.10 Minimum Wage?

April 9, 2014

“Christianity does have essential, core teachings, but the details of minimum wage are not among them,” says IRD’s Mark Tooley.

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Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case: Kudos to Church Officials Defending Liberty

March 25, 2014

Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case against Obamacare’s HHS mandate compelling religious employers to subsidize insurance for contraceptives and abortifacients. The owners of Hobby Lobby are Evangelical and object to abortifacients.

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Church Realignment and the Search for ‘Greener Grass’

December 12, 2013

Oldline Protestant denominations are hemorrhaging members ever more rapidly as they move away from traditional Christian teachings. So the prescription for an evangelical congregation desiring membership growth would be to ditch its oldline affiliation and join a more conservative denomination. Right? Not so fast, says Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) official Tom Cole.


Anti-Israel Christians Stir Further Controversy

November 9, 2012

By Mark Tooley The October 4 ecumenical letter to the U.S. Congress from 15 mostly old-line Protestant bureaucrats warning against U.S. military aid for Israel absent “immediate investigation” of Israeli human rights abuses continues…


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Israel

November 8, 2012

By Alan Wisdom The position of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) regarding the modern State of Israel is not determined by the denomination’s theology. The PCUSA holds to a Reformed theology that emphasizes continuities between…


IRD, United Methodists, and Presbyterians Work Together to Stop Starvation in Sudan

September 25, 2012

By Faith McDonnell Genocide in Sudan is one of those issues that brings together strange bedfellows. Groups that don’t agree on much else can come together to oppose the deliberate starvation of innocent civilians…


Turns out 70% of PCUSA General Assembly Commissioners Aren’t Actually Presbyterian

July 10, 2012

Here I offer what I hope will be the last depressing analytical post from the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.’s 220th General Assembly. On Friday, one of the core problems plaguing the PCUSA reared its ugly…