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IRD SYMPOSIUM: The Church and the Millennials

April 14, 2014

The Greek word for “Symposium” originally meant to gather and drink together. Unfortunately, that is not what we have been doing the past two weeks here at the IRD. We have, however,  managed to…


All I Want for Christmas is Light

December 22, 2013

The vignettes that follow are a literal take on advice from an HP editor who recommended I write on “what community feels like in a quasi-monastic life with an interval of study and religious devotion.” Perhaps in the spirit of Thomas Nagel, he was asking, “What is it like to be a seminarian?”

Good Friday–The Last Words of Jesus #5: “I Thirst”

March 29, 2013

I had the privilege and honor to participate in my home parish’s Good Friday penitential offices today (thankfully, the IRD office has a half-day for the season). At Holy Trinity Church, we meditate on…

For Shame

March 22, 2013

(Photo Credit: By Nathaniel Torrey (@nathanieltorrey) Not too long ago the Evangelical/Post-Evangelical Christian blogosphere was alight with commentary on the harmful effects of purity culture, a subculture of American evangelical Protestantism with the…

Commitment-Free Critics and the ‘Christian Virginity Cult’

February 8, 2013

By Bart Gingerich (@BJGingerich) You may have noticed the recent volley of criticism against the evangelical sex culture. No, not the trends toward loose morals, but the Christian fascination with virginity and purity. The casualties…

IRD Commends Southern Baptist, Catholic Support for Current Boy Scouts Policy

February 4, 2013

“Most who are pressuring the Boy Scouts of America do not care about the organization. It is just another casualty in their culture war.” -Bart Gingerich, IRD Washington, DC—Proposed changes to the Boy Scouts…

The Pilgrimage of World Christianity

December 18, 2012

By Bart Gingerich Researchers and scholars filed into the Library of Congress on December 13 to hear former Reformed Church in America general secretary Wesley Granberg-Michaelson discuss global Christianity. Much of his audience seemed…

Faith Enters Public Square in Immigration Panel

December 7, 2012

By Bart Gingerich Southern Baptist leader Richard Land joined other members of a national immigration task force to discuss the need for compassionate policy reform. The December 5th panel was held in downtown Washington,…

UM Bishop Willing to Participate in Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies

December 3, 2012

At a recent conference, retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert expressed his willingness to participate in same-sex weddings. The event was the Lake Junaluska Multicultural Conference 2012: Creating a Church for All People. Directed…

Evangelicals Discuss “The American Dream” at Cedarville University

November 1, 2012

By Bart Gingerich On October 25th and 26th, Christians from the right and the left convened at Cedarville University in Ohio to debate economic policy from a religious standpoint. Representatives from the American Enterprise…

Kidd: Dos and Don’t Evangelicals

October 31, 2012

By Thomas S. Kidd A couple weeks ago I wrote about “Paleo Evangelicals as Reluctant Republicans,” and I am grateful for the number of responses I have received here, on Twitter and on Facebook indicating that I had…

Sojourners Discusses Young Evangelicals and Voting

October 19, 2012

Young evangelicals will be going to the polls in just a few weeks. (Photo credit: Juicy Ecumenism) By Bart Gingerich On October 16th, the progressive evangelical group Sojourners hosted a discussion panel on young evangelicals and…