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Russian Religion: Putin’s Oppression of the Perceived Minority

June 5, 2014

Putin’s oppression must be stopped.

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Take This Moth

May 22, 2014

What is this impulse to convey meaning, perhaps where it seems the least important? Why is it that the thought of the world being meaningless, indifferent, and neutral so haunting.

Retired Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali of Rochester, England has spoken at GAFCON 2013 plenary sessions as well as a mini-conference on Islam. (Photo credit: Stephen Sizer,/GAFCON)

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali on “Taking Religion Seriously”

May 8, 2014

“There has never been a time…when Muslims, Christian, and Jews have not been living together.”

The daughters of Asis Bibi hold a picture of their mother. Bibi, a Christian woman who was framed on charges of blasphemy by women in her village, put on trial and sentenced to death by a Pakistani court.

Christian, Hindu Girls in Pakistan Kidnapped, Converted

May 7, 2014

Every year, hundreds of Christian and Hindu girls in Pakistan are targeted at a young age, kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam.

Andy Stanley preaches at North Point Community Church on putting religion in its place. (Photo source: Screen capture)

Andy Stanley’s Troubling New Sermon

April 17, 2014

Andy Stanley’s recent sermon “Putting Religion in its Place.” starts off pretty bad, but only gets worse from there.

Vladimir Putin visiting Zhukovsky military airport (premier.gov.ru/eng)

Putin’s Crusade Against Pro-Western Christianity

April 16, 2014

Putin’s Christian Marxism was originally promoted by the KGB. As a former KGB officer himself, this version of the faith would appeal to Putin as a way of reconciling Russian nationalism, service to the state and personal religious beliefs.

Madonna destroyed in Rome by rioters (ANSA)

It’s All About Religion

April 15, 2014

The decadence and libertinism of the West in general and America in particular is a sign of a society that is disintegrating, rejecting its essential structuring elements.

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America, Christians & Secular Sweden

April 9, 2014

From the Swedish viewpoint and given recent events, one wonders whether the American secular elite would regard Sweden as a promised land.

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Understanding a More Religious and Assertive Russia

April 4, 2014

Historically Moscow politically and religiously has understood itself as the “third Rome” and the natural successor to Constantinople as protector of Orthodox civilization.


Being Millennial at the March for Marriage: A Real World Perspective

March 30, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) Last Tuesday, IRD participated in the March for Marriage (that’s some of us at the top there, sans cross-dressing dancer who was 15 feet off, stage left). As you may…


Faith Leaders Take the Easy Road on Gun Control

March 29, 2013

By Luke Moon (twitter @lukemoon1) In 1992, I was serving as a missionary in Peru when I got word that my best friend, Shane, had killed himself.  Friends told me he had been acting…


Rob Bell’s New God Ain’t No Tribal God

March 8, 2013

By Luke Moon (@lukemoon1) Rob Bell has been making a lot of videos lately.  These videos are not like the great Nooma videos he made back in the 2000s, but rather videos promoting his…