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Wesleyan Church Reports Record Attendance

September 8, 2015

The announcement places the Wesleyan Church among growing denominations such as the Assemblies of God and counters assertions that all churches in America are shriveling.


A Millennial’s Reflection on Spiritual Warfare

August 19, 2015

While I accepted spiritual warfare as fact, I did not truly grasp the weight of its reality until two weeks ago.


Evangelical Focus on the Smart, Young & Beautiful?

July 31, 2015

In recent years there’s been much understandable and laudable Evangelical conversation about expanding Christianity’s reach to attract diverse demographics through creative branding, especially but not exclusively Millennials. These exertions have led to rhetorical, liturgical…

Tony Campolo of Eastern University speaks at a 2009 press conference calling for protected status for transgender persons sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. (Photo: Jeff Walton / IRD)

Does Campolo Announcement Signal Move From Evangelical Left to Post-Evangelical?

June 12, 2015

A longtime social justice activist and a former Christianity Today editor have announced their affirmation of same sex couples, signaling a gradual movement among politically liberal Evangelicals towards a reappraisal of historic Christian views on marriage and sexual ethics.

Tony Campolo of Eastern University speaks at a 2009 press conference calling for protected status for transgender persons sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. (Photo: Jeff Walton / IRD)

Tony Campolo and David Neff: From Evangelical Left to Post Evangelical?

June 11, 2015

Can Evangelicals who are liberal politically continue to affirm orthodox Christian teaching about marriage and sex?

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Justice Conference Addresses Church’s “White Supremacy” Problem

June 11, 2015

Several prominent political and religious leaders challenged the Church to shed its institutional “white privilege” and exercise a “restraint of [white] power” at an influential gathering of 2,500 mostly young Evangelicals in Chicago June…


Evangelicals, Catholics, and Vandals

April 30, 2015

When it comes to unmasking distorted teachings, Catholics and Evangelicals share more common ground than we might think.

IRD's Chelsen Vicari speaks at Tuesday's traditional marriage rally.

IRD: Never Compromise Convictions According to Tide of Popular Culture

April 28, 2015

“Marriage does not need to be compromised; it needs to be cherished with courage,” declared IRD’s Chelsen Vicari at Tuesday’s Rally to Stand for Marriage in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.


What is the future of Christian support for Israel?

April 16, 2015

Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) President Mark Tooley writes about the future of Christian support of Israel and the IRD’s upcoming conference on Christian Zionism in The Washington Examiner: A majority of Americans of…


Rachel Held Evans Departs Evangelicalism: are Millennials Next?

March 16, 2015

Progressive Christian blogger Rachel Held Evans announced this month that she has joined the Episcopal Church after being raised in Evangelical Christianity.

“Which is more important, fidelity to historic Christian teaching or temporary political popularity?”
asks Chelsen Vicari, Director of IRD’s Evangelical Action Program.

IRD Cheers Religious Broadcasters’ Strong Witness for Religious Liberty

February 23, 2015

IRD’s Mark Tooley and Chelsen Vicari will participate in the annual National Religious Broadcasters Media Convention this week alongside thousands of Christian communicators.


An Interview with Pastor Garret Kell: “Before We Take a Stand, We Must Begin on Our Knees”

January 30, 2015

Settling into his role as Pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria Virginia, Garrett Kell kindly shared some of his time to explain his vision for ministering to Christian professionals, evangelists and activists in Washington D.C.