Ravi Zacharias, 1946-2020, to Forever

May 19, 2020

Ravi Zacharias was a brilliant presenter of the Gospel, but so gentle and so genuinely loving. How clearly he sets out that the best apologists for the Gospel are not those that can argue most successfully, but those that love well.

Shane Claiborne

Christian Pacifist Shane Claiborne

May 19, 2020

IRD President Mark Tooley for many years has critiqued Christian pacifist Shane Claiborne, who founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia and leads Red Letter Christians. So Claiborne was gracious and brave to join him for this conversation on whether Christians can serve in the military and whether Claiborne’s death penalty opposition also requires supporting abortion restrictions.

United Methodist laity vs. clergy

Did 2019 US Delegate Elections Really Show “American United Methodists” Shifting Against Traditionalism? Look Closer

May 19, 2020

Challenging conventional narratives, a closer look indicates that American lay delegates to General Conference, who are structured to represent over 99 percent of American United Methodists, did NOT shift to become any more liberal than American lay delegates to the last General Conference.

Ulysses Grant

Ulysses Grant, Soldier, President, Methodist

May 18, 2020

A new biography credits Ulysses Grant’s civil rights record as president, his integrity, his military prowess, and his skills as a writer. Ronald White chats with IRD’s Mark Tooley and details Grant’s lifelong association with Methodism.

Orthodox Anglicanism

Review: The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism

May 18, 2020

Gerald McDermott edits a collection of enlightening essays from Anglicans around the globe, considering Anglicanism’s history and influence in far away places, glimpses of how Anglicanism could help peculiarly 21st century problems, to discouraging glimpses of how Anglicanism could disappear entirely.

Ahmaud Arbery Methodist

Ahmaud Arbery, Racial Justice, and the Next Methodism

May 15, 2020

On the recent killing of an unarmed young black man, and how those preparing for the Next Methodism should respond.

Nakba

“Nakba” Churches and Christian Witness in the Near East

May 15, 2020

Some oldline Protestant agencies today commemorate Nakba, Arabic for “catastrophe” at the founding of the modern State of Israel. IRD’s Jeff Walton chats with Luke Moon of the Philos Project about conflicting oppressor/oppressed narratives and Christian witness in the Near East.

Owen Strachan

Southern Baptist Thinker Owen Strachan

May 14, 2020

Southern Baptist theologian Owen Strachan of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary discusses the state of American evangelicalism, support for gender complementarianism, his thoughts on gay Christians, and hopes for Southern Baptists.

Jo Anne Lyon

Jo Anne Lyon & Wesleyan Church

May 14, 2020

Former Wesleyan Church General Superintendent Jo Anne Lyon shares with IRD’s Mark Tooley her own story among the Wesleyans and explains the theologically evangelical and growing denomination’s current focus areas, which includes outreach to immigrants.

James Bratt

FDR: Christian & Democrat

May 14, 2020

IRD’s Mark Tooley chats with author James Bratt about FDR’s religious sensibility, lifelong Episcopalianism, his sense of Providence, how Christianity shaped his New Deal views and his resistance against Nazism.

Conspiracy Theories COVID-19

Conspiracy Theories, COVID-19 and Christian Faith

May 14, 2020

Back in the day, “alternative realities” meant that the Kings of Judah preferred to listen to the “soothing balm” of lying court prophets instead of the word of the Living God. Today, it is believers who rely on false conspiracy theories. Either way, it is a form of idolatry that repudiates the sovereignty of God, writes the Rev. Karen Booth.

pray Leah Sharibu

Alert! Prayer Vigil THIS AFTERNOON for Leah Sharibu

May 14, 2020

Today is Leah Sharibu’s third birthday in captivity. In 2018 her school was attacked by Islamic jihadi terrorists Boko Haram. Only Leah is still in captivity. She refused to denounce her Lord Jesus, so with Boko Haram she remains.