Met. Hilarion Calls for Prophetic Witness Against Radical Islamism, Militant Secularism

by (@nathanieltorrey) November 6, 2013

Addressing the World Council of Churches (WCC) this past Friday, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the public face of the Russian Orthodox Church, says the continued relevance and existence of the WCC depends on how effectively it addresses challenges facing Christians throughout the world. He identifies two major challenges: militant secularism and radical Islamism. These challenges, he […]

The “Funeral Selfie” and How We Deal with Death

by (@nathanieltorrey) November 2, 2013

A tumblr entitled “Selfies at Funerals” is the latest variation on the theme of spiritual entropy facing the modern world. The tumblr consists of self portraits of pretty youngsters making goofy expressions or showing off how flattering their dress or hair cut makes them look on the way to or after a funeral. The phenomenon of […]

Nigeria’s Blood Cries Out: Persecuted Nigerian Christians Seek Protection

by (@TheIRD) December 17, 2012

[Editors note: IRD recently hosted the Secretary General Dr. Musa Asake of the ecumenical Christian Association of Nigeria. The Secretary shared the most recent news concerning religious freedom in Africa's most populous country, which Andrew Harrod expressed in part in the following Christian Post article earlier today.] A delegation of Nigerian Christians visited the Washington, DC offices […]

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 […]

A Christian in Israel

by (@markdtooley) December 11, 2012

Author Lela Gilbert just delivered a talk about her fascinating new book Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel Through the Eyes of A Christian Sojourners. She spoke at the Hudson Institute, where she is an adjunct fellow, and which is next to the IRD office. It’s also where IRD board member and religious liberty scholar Paul […]

Notre Dame Hosts Conference on the Persecution of Christians at Home and Abroad

by (@TheIRD) November 28, 2012

Icon of the Martyrdom of St. Stephen. (source: by Nathaniel Torrey On the eve of the election, Notre Dame University hosted a conference highlighting  the rise of Christian persecution and martyrdom in the 21st century entitled, “Seed of the Church: Telling the Story of Today’s Christian Martyrs.” The conference had two keynote addresses, one given […]

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

by (@TheIRD) November 21, 2012

(Photo 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 […]

President Carter’s Mixed Feelings on Religion and Health

by (@TheIRD) November 14, 2012

By Matthew Tuininga There is no denying that President Jimmy Carter has spent the years following his presidency admirably. A vocal advocate for human rights who is not afraid to criticize the foreign policy or military efforts of his heirs in the White House – whether Republican or Democrat – Carter has put his time […]

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 […]