Nigel Biggar

Oxford’s Nigel Biggar: Anglicanism Sustains Democracy & Religious Freedom

August 17, 2018

Nigel Biggar argues that Christianity is an important part of a free and fair government. An ordained Church of England clergyman, Biggar sets out to demonstrate that England’s state-sponsored religious establishment is “compatible with liberal rights to religious freedom and political equality.”

Church of the Wild

Worshipping Among Trees

August 17, 2018

Last week The Washington Post reported on a new “Church of the Wild” of about 50 worshipers that meets in the woods: Worshipers drum, sing and listen to recitations of poetry in an effort…

UM Voices: Do No Harm?

August 16, 2018

As local churches discuss the three plans to be presented at the called 2019 General Conference, those who support the Bible’s teaching on sexual behavior express anxiety as to how these plans, if enacted, wonder how each would affect their local congregations.


Carnage Continues in Nigeria

August 15, 2018

Fulani Jihadists have a calculated plan, reports Scott Morgan, in which Nigerian Christian farmers’ land is seized and deeds changed to show that they are owners of the land in question.

Post-Evangelicals, abortion

Post-Evangelicals’ Precarious Pro-Life Trajectory

August 14, 2018

Some of the Religious Left’s newest converts, many former conservative Evangelicals, are holding on to the pro-life label. But for how long will—can—it last?

Churches Back Anti-Western, Unhistorical “Discovery Doctrine”

August 12, 2018

Christianity claims that humanity is fallen. We need to be redeemed, both personally and socially. Western secularism offers an alternative story. It thinks man is largely good but corrupted or oppressed by systemic injustice. But even…

Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton: Liberal United Methodists Have a “High View” of Scripture, Too

August 10, 2018

At the Uniting Methodists Conference the Rev. Adam Hamilton of Resurrection UMC in Leawood, Kansas provided a keynote talk defending how liberal United Methodists interpret the Bible in regards to homosexuality. Instead of creating space for Biblically-sound debate, Hamilton justified disregarding verses one finds inconvenient and encouraged doubt in the absolute authority of all scripture.

Roger Wolsey

When Morality Is the Enemy

August 10, 2018

Roger Wolsey’s admonitions are not to a world of love, but to a world of chaos and a legal tyranny enforcing that chaos because he substitutes individual self-will … for the express commands of God in Scripture.

Dissing Newspapers

Dissing Newspapers

August 8, 2018

Do people younger than middle-aged read newspapers? Seemingly not so very much, except for occasional articles streaming across their social media. Instead, even some of the best informed often rely on smorgasbords of opinion blogs and podcasts, some of which are thoughtful. But many if not most of such sources are rich with opinions while thin on reporting. It’s a terrible loss.

For Everyone Born

LGBTQ United Methodist Clergy: Expect More Protests and Defiance Surrounding General Conference 2019

August 8, 2018

The most liberal United Methodist are torn on whether they support the “One Church Plan.” However, there appears to be consensus that protests and disruptions have driven their successes in their fight on human sexuality issues. Protests and disobedience seem likely going into and following the special General Conference in 2019.

Reagan Humber

A House for Fruitbombs and Saints

August 8, 2018

Nadia Bolz-Weber is succeeded by an Episcopalian, The Rev. Reagan Humber, as Senior Pastor at Denver’s House for All Sinners and Saints. IRD Anglican Program Director Jeff Walton takes a closer look at the pastor married to the drag queen “Fruitbomb”.

Liberal UMC Clergy: “The Bible and the Discipline are Used to Terrorize”

August 7, 2018

This is Part 1 of my reports on the For Everyone Born conference held by liberal caucuses of United Methodists from July 26—29 in St. Louis. For Part 2, click here. From July 26—29, the…