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Activists Seek to Divide U.S. Evangelicals and Israel Amid Gaza Conflict

July 11, 2014

A new movement of young activists is seeking to change the historically strong support of U.S. Evangelicals for Israel.

Photo: Aviram Valdman

In Bethlehem, the Wrong Kind of Christian Festival

April 9, 2014

Unfortunately, it is clear from the Christ at the Checkpoint conference that pro-Palestinian Christians have serious political and institutional momentum.


A Quran, a Bible, and a Machete

August 1, 2013

Djallo looked at the two books placed on the table before him.  The Quran he had been taught since he was a boy.  The Bible he had just begun to know.  The Bible had…

Field Notes – Day 3: Defending the Catholic Church

July 31, 2013

For the last five years I have been teaching a seminar series called Biblical Foundations for Government.  One of the main topics I cover is the relationship between the Church and the State.  There…

Field Notes – Day Two: Don’t Worry

July 30, 2013

The Muslim world is three weeks into Ramadan.  For Mali, this means 90% of the people, with the exception of the infirmed, do not eat any food or drink any water from 5 in…

#Facepalm Friday: Dear Theo, My Partner Wants an Open Relationship

July 26, 2013

The United Church of Christ has an advice column on its official website.  This week a reader is caught between embracing polyamory and stifling his partners lust with old fashioned monogamy.  It is hard…

Superman and the NAE are on a Quest for Peace

June 21, 2013

By Luke Moon (@lukemoon1) It is unclear whether President Obama’s speech outlining his plan to rid the earth of nuclear weapons was timed for the release of the newest Superman movie. Perhaps on the…

Clear Principles for Messy Politics

June 18, 2013

By Luke Moon (@lukemoon1) Years ago my vision was pretty simple: Train and equip young Christians in developing nations to effectively serve in public office or civil society.  As a missionary for 10 years…

#Facepalm Friday – Priest of the Goth Eucharist Insults Archbishop Welby

June 7, 2013

Photo: Abel, by Henry Vidal in Tuileries Garden, Paris, France  Credit: By Luke Moon (@lukemoon1) A low ranking Church of England vicar got rather nasty after the recent vote for gay marriage in the…

#Facepalm Friday

May 31, 2013

Photo credit: Paris Tuileries Garden Facepalm Statue: By Luke Moon @lukemoon1 Here at the IRD, we spend our days researching and covering events from a rather generic group we call the Religious Left. …

Church of Scotland: Israel has a Right to Exist, Just not in Israel

May 13, 2013

By Luke Moon (@LukeMoon1) The Church of Scotland came under attack on Wednesday for its release of an official report titled, Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the ‘promised land’. The ten page report…

Faith Leaders Take the Easy Road on Gun Control

March 29, 2013

By Luke Moon (twitter @lukemoon1) In 1992, I was serving as a missionary in Peru when I got word that my best friend, Shane, had killed himself.  Friends told me he had been acting…