Columbus Day

Indigenous Peoples Day vs Columbus Day

October 14, 2019

Demonizing one culture while sacralizing all others replaces history with ideology. It also offers a spiritual mythology at odds with the Christian narrative

domestic religious liberty

Good News on Domestic Religious Liberty

October 14, 2019

During the previous U.S. administration, religious adherents felt somewhat besieged. It appeared ready to respect freedom of worship, but not freedom of religion. But the current administration has adopted a radically different policy.

Punishing Religions?

October 11, 2019

Last night in a Democratic presidential debate Beto O’Rourke promised his administration would seek to withdraw tax deductible status from religious groups not approving same sex unions, amid applause and whoops. So the federal…

God, America & Nationalism

October 10, 2019

There is a lot of controversy lately about “nationalism,” “Christian nationalism,” and “national conservatism.” Often “nationalism” is condemned as a growing reactionary force of populism in America and Europe. “Christian nationalism” is commonly attached…

UMC disaffiliation

Liberal Congregations in Five States Move towards Leaving UMC

October 9, 2019

Eleven liberal congregations in five states take first steps towards leaving the United Methodist Church.

Apportionment Giving in UMC’s Desert Southwest Conference is Drying Up

October 9, 2019

A steep drop in giving could pose major financial challenges to the UMC’s small Desert Southwest Annual Conference, which also recently denounced the IRD and other reform groups by name.


What About Forgiveness?

October 8, 2019

Brandt Jean offered a heartfelt message of grace to his brother’s killer. His mother gave a fiery call for justice. Both are essential to properly understanding Christian forgiveness.

Red Letter Christians

Why the Red Letter Christian Movement Is Not Growing

October 7, 2019

Tony Campolo called his Red Letter Christian movement “embryonic” and said, “we just can’t get this thing off the ground” during the #GoldsboroRevival.

Behold now the Kingdom!

October 4, 2019

This was a follower of Jesus offering the forgiveness of Jesus, and costly forgiveness of his own, to someone desperately in need of that forgiveness.

Self Defined Sex

The Folly of Self-Defined Sex – Part 2

October 4, 2019

The folly that so threatens society is based on the claim that people are entitled to live in the reality they want, instead of being bound to live in a reality they should accommodate to. The Left’s leading idea of liberation has overwhelmed its grip on reality.

global persecution anglican

“Embrace Risk for God’s Glory”: Amidst Global Persecution, Anglicans Mark Spread of Mission

October 3, 2019

Missional movements are expanding at historic rate into places that Christians have not previously ministered, according to speakers at a major gathering of Anglican missionaries. At the same time, the depth of Christian persecution has increased in many parts of the globe. Missional movements have multiplied, interwoven with persecution.

hong kongs christians

A Statement of Solidarity to Hong Kong’s Christians

October 3, 2019

IRD’s Faith McDonnell organizes a statement meant to send love and encouragement to the protesters in Hong Kong. American Christian leaders stand with them, they are not alone, and we honor them.