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A ‘Thank You’ to My Mom on Mother’s Day

May 11, 2013

Kristin Rudolph (@Kristin_Rudolph) We commonly hear complaints about the commercialization of Mother’s Day, with cynical accusations (which perhaps bear some truth) that the day has been co-opted by Hallmark to make a buck off…


Jim Wallis: Government Should Make Life Fair

April 9, 2013

Kristin Rudolph (@kristin_rudolph) “Government is concerned about fairness,” according to Jim Wallis, president of the liberal Christian organization Sojourners. Discussing his new book, On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About…


Engaging Young Evangelicals: Have We Lost the Culture Wars? (Video)

April 5, 2013

Young Evangelicals are inundated with calls to jettison biblical teaching and cave to culture on a daily basis. Despite the enticements of affirmation, many young Christians are standing tall in the face of spiritual…


A Snapshot of My Generation

April 4, 2013

On Monday, April 1st, IRD hosted a panel discussion on “Engaging Young Evangelicals: Have We Lost the Culture Wars?” I had the opportunity to share some comments alongside our distinguished panelists, Andrew Walker of…


Evangelical Colleges Inching Toward Affirmation of Homosexuality

April 3, 2013

Kristin Rudolph (@Kristin_Rudolph) A recent article on the CNN Belief Blog highlighted the trend of Evangelical colleges inching toward culturally acceptable views of homosexuality. The article highlighted Wheaton College, which in February established an official…


Finding Good News in Cultural Christianity’s Decline

March 28, 2013

Kristin Rudolph (@Kristin_Rudolph) You have probably heard something about the collapse of American Christianity, the mass exodus of young people from the Church, and other dramatic doomsday reports about the state of Christianity in…


Just Three Questions: Bishop Robert Hoshibata of the Desert-Southwest Conference

February 7, 2013

United Methodist Bishop Robert Hoshibata (Photo credit: United Methodist News Service) At the January meeting of the Connectional Table of the United Methodist Church, Bishop Robert Hoshibata sat down with me to answer some…


Divorce and the “Nones”

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…


Religion Predictions for 2013

January 7, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) America remains overwhelmingly religious in a world that is largely growing more religious, with fast growing Christianity increasingly competing for souls with Islam globally, especially in Africa but also Asia….


Top Church News Predictions for 2013

January 4, 2013

Contact: Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell Washington, DC—Political shifts, continued economic hardship and changing religious trends could make 2013 a big year for church news. Below are IRD’s predictions for what religious news stories have the most…


All Saints Pasadena Rector Condemns “Evangelical Zionism,” Israel

January 3, 2013

By Ryan Mauro (@RyanMauro) On December 15, All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena hosted the annual convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a group with Muslim Brotherhood origins and a controversial past. The…


Happy New Year from IRD!

December 31, 2012

It’s been a great year for IRD, thanks to the prayers and support of many, by God’s grace. Here’s my wrap up in American Spectator today of 2012 religion news highlights, many of which…