Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew unequivocally condemns same-sex marriage

by (@TheIRD) September 17, 2013

Speaking on a hierarchical visit to Estonia, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew offers an unambiguous condemnation of homosexual behavior and same-sex marriage as out of step with the inner life, Scriptural witness and revealed Tradition of the Orthodox Church.

Divorce and the “Nones”

by (@TheIRD) January 21, 2013

By Kristin Rudolph The “nones,” those generally between ages 18 and 30 who describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious” have been a frequent topic of discussion and speculation recently. From questioning what has caused a drop in religious affiliation, to examining if the trend is growing, the “nones” have been poked, prodded, and dissected […]

The Second Coming of Christ and Islamophobia

by (@TheIRD) January 16, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia Yesterday, Brian Mclaren posted a link to an article entitled “Jesus Loves His Enemies…and Then Kills Them All” written by Aaron Miller. This article is in a series that seeks to combat Islamophobia by showing the hypocrisy of Christians and Jewish people who decry the violence of the Qur’an. Miller seeks to […]

Regent University Anti-Trafficking Gathers Local, National Leaders

by (@TheIRD) December 13, 2012

by Addie Darling Last Wednesday, Regent University and the Protecting Children Foundation hosted The Model City Conference, a gathering on Regent’s Virginia Beach campus to discuss the growing problem of sex trafficking in the region, as well as ways individuals and organizations are working to stop it. In recent years, the $40 billion a year […]

Faith Enters Public Square in Immigration Panel

by (@TheIRD) December 7, 2012

By Bart Gingerich Southern Baptist leader Richard Land joined other members of a national immigration task force to discuss the need for compassionate policy reform. The December 5th panel was held in downtown Washington, DC as part of the Human Rights Summit, which was organized by the nonpartisan advocacy organization Human Rights First. U.S. Congresswoman […]

The Christian Life and the Liberal Right

by (@TheIRD) December 3, 2012

By Addie Darling Since the election, there have been numerous articles tolling the bell for the death of Christianity’s relevancy in the political sphere, as well as a continuing discussion over the future of Christian political activism. These claims seem to have a point: gay marriage was passed in three states, physician- assisted suicide met a narrow defeat […]

On Godly Dominion: 64th Evangelical Theological Society on Earth Stewardship

by (@TheIRD) November 21, 2012

(Photo credit:www.ilovefarmers.org) By Nathaniel Torrey The relationship between Christianity and environmentalism was the theme of the 64th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, entitled “Caring for Creation.” Some of the plenary speakers included Dr. Calvin Beisner, founder and national spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, and Dr. Russell Moore, Dean […]

Lake Junaluska Panel Takes Peace Interfaith

by (@TheIRD) November 19, 2012

By Bart Gingerich At the recent Lake Junaluska Peace Conference sponsored by the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, spokespeople from various faiths offered an inter-religious perspective on peacemaking. Drawn primarily from the Asheville, NC area, the participants were united not by faith but rather by political commitments to liberalism and pacifism. “Without dialogue […]

Weigel: The ‘Word of the Lord’ in English, Please

by (@TheIRD) November 7, 2012

By George Weigel Biblical translation is an inexact science: a truth of which I was reminded on a recent visit to the American Bible Society’s Museum of Biblical Art in New York, where I enjoyed a brisk walk through a fine exhibit, “More Precious than Fine Gold: The English Bible in the Gilded Age.” The […]

Religious Freedom an Issue in U.S. Election

by (@TheIRD) November 6, 2012

Politics have an impact on religious freedom around the world, like it or not. At this election time in the USA, Mission Network News looks at how the presidential election will impact not just religious freedom, but also outreach and evangelism. MNN received criticism for analyzing this issue in 2004, even though we asked the […]