Andy Stanley’s Troubling New Sermon

by (@HashtagGriswold) April 17, 2014

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

Putin’s Crusade Against Pro-Western Christianity

by (@RyanMauro) 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.

It’s All About Religion

by (@TheIRD) 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.

America, Christians & Secular Sweden

by (@TheIRD) 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.

Understanding a More Religious and Assertive Russia

by (@markdtooley) 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

by (@bjgingerich) 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 notice, several of us were born in the 80s. I thought it might be worthwhile, in my younger years, to offer […]

Faith Leaders Take the Easy Road on Gun Control

by (@lukemoon1) 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 strange and reckless that day.  While riding in a friend’s car to a party, Shane took out the gun he used […]

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

by (@lukemoon1) 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 latest writing adventures. The new videos are perhaps an unintentional story of how a once popular and promising pastor could drift […]

Fragmented Families and the Future of the Church

by (@TheIRD) February 11, 2013

by James Tonkowich Did anyone ever read let alone preach a sample sermon I wrote on Malachi 2:13-16? I wonder. Most of us would rather not think about “Why God Hates Divorce.” Yet as the authors of “Does the Shape of Families Shape Faith?” — a new report from the Institute on American Values — write, “The […]

Shane Hipps’s Mystic Jesus

by (@TheIRD) February 1, 2013

Although Shane Hipps, a former teaching pastor at Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids calls himself a Christian, he is not convinced that makes him “any closer to Jesus than a Muslim.” He explained this view to Relevant Magazine in January 2013 as he discussed his new book, Selling Water by the River a Book […]