A Prayer for American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey

April 20, 2018

Imprisoned U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson, jailed in Turkey since October 7, 2016, has been on my mind all evening. As I sat down to dinner with my husband and then later snuggled my baby…

United Methodist Candler School of Theology Hosts Panel on Interfaith Engagement

April 19, 2018

As part of its collaborative Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology program, the United Methodist-affiliated Candler School of Theology hosted an interfaith panel discussion exploring ways to create vibrant local communities.

US Ambassador Sam Brownback to Speak on International Religious Freedom at IRD’s Summit

April 18, 2018

“As a United States Senator, Sam Brownback was always on the front lines for defending the persecuted and the oppressed. Now, as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, he has not changed!”


Nations & Churches: Subservient versus Chirpy

April 18, 2018

Declarations from Syrian and Norwegian church officials showcase how Christian social witness ideally should not operate. The church should not reflexively support the state and demonize the state’s enemies as its own enemies.

Global Christian Persecution Summit: Why Don’t Christians Care about Christians?

April 17, 2018

The Institute on Religion and Democracy will host a provoking one-day summit on May 10, 2018, in Washington, D.C. to highlight global Christian persecution.


The Lost Mandate in Vietnam – A Distant Mirror of Our Day

April 16, 2018

Perhaps the most difficult thing in the current conflict over domestic religious liberty is the pervasive hostility of the press, presenting the requirement that people take actions they believe to be evil as simple justice … This is not the first such experience in American history, however.

Stronger Men Conference

Christian Men’s Ministry: On Target or Firing Blanks?

April 13, 2018

A major Christian Men’s conference this weekend features mixed martial arts fighting, monster trucks, and metal bands, as well as high-profile pastors. What should Christians do to minister among the men in our churches?

United Methodist Superficial Social Principles

April 13, 2018

The Capitol Hill-based United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) has just released a proposed redraft of the denomination’s Social Principles for consideration by the 2020 General Conference. Even more than the…

Jesus, Justice, and Political Partisanship at Red Letter Revival

April 11, 2018

Event organizers such as Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo seemed to work hard to steer the overall tone away from blatant liberal political politics and protests. But not all the speakers got the memo.

Pot, Prostitution & Political Theology

April 11, 2018

Recently a nightclub by our IRD office in Washington DC became renowned for selling marijuana edibles. I suggested at an IRD staff meeting that we pray for this market’s closure. Some weeks later I…

Episcopal Marriage

Episcopal Church Prepares to Tighten Screws on Traditional Marriage Proponents

April 9, 2018

Officials in a handful of domestic Episcopal Church dioceses which have opted out of the denomination’s same-sex marriage liturgies warily eye the upcoming General Convention and the changes it may bring.

Lynchburg Revival

IRD Attends Red Letter Christian “Revival” in Lynchburg

April 7, 2018

“Growing up in a Pentecostal church, I attended many revivals where the Good News of what Jesus has done and continues to do for us was shared and lost souls were saved. But Red Letter Christians’ ‘revival’ offers more condemnation than the hope of Jesus.”