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IRD: Will Evangelical Conference Merely Echo Liberal Protestantism?

April 7, 2016

“It’s odd that this year the ostensibly Evangelical conference has invited a top official from another emphatically non-Evangelical institution…”

Good Friday, Grief, and Repentance

Good Friday, Grief, and Repentance

March 25, 2016

Christians should naturally experience grief on Good Friday. But what specifically should they grieve about on this important day?

UCC General Synod

Financial Crunch Hits United Church of Christ

March 24, 2016

According to UCC General Minister John C. Dorhauer, there are “multiple financial challenges that could impact the well-being of the national setting.”

Spiritual But Not Religious

Reaching the “Spiritual But Not Religious”

March 7, 2016

People who are “spiritual but not religious” need a sympathetic, listening ear. But they also need something more. They need to hear Gospel truth.

UCC Devotional: Bible Not "Divinely Inspired, Inerrant Document"

UCC Devotional: Bible Not “Divinely Inspired, Inerrant Document”

February 22, 2016

The United Church of Christ (UCC) believes that “God is still speaking,” as the denomination asserts in one of its slogans, apparently just not through the entire Bible.

Mary Dyer Led to Execution

Religious Freedom for Me but Not for Thee

February 20, 2016

Religious freedom should protect all, even the adherents of exclusivist religions, not merely those who agree with the liberationist vision of the cultural left.

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UCC President: ‘Religious Right’ Wants ‘Theocratic State’

February 8, 2016

United Church of Christ (UCC) President John C. Dorhauer accused the “Religious Right” of attempting “to turn America into a theocratic state.”


Evangelicals, Black Lives Matter and The New York Times

January 26, 2016

The New York Times wades into the trepidation some Evangelical Christians face concerning the Black Lives Matter Movement.


IRD’s Top Church News Stories of 2015

December 30, 2015

A professor suspended for saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God and cheating pastors exposed in a hacking scandal made news in 2015.

James L. McCullough

Church World Service Criticizes Governors over Syrian Refugees

November 16, 2015

Officials from a Mainline Protestant church agency are criticizing U.S. governors for declining to resettle Syrian refugees in their states.

Drag Jesus

“Drag Jesus” Church: God is a Diva

October 27, 2015

A UCC congregation is generating both wanted and unwanted attention after it promoted an annual “Drag Gospel Festival” with an icon of Jesus Christ “digitally enhanced” with makeup and earrings.

Amy DeLong and allied protesters making demands of very sympathetic and compliant bishops at the last General Conference (Photo: UMNS / Paul Jeffrey)

The Coming Train Wreck: Progressive UMC Plans for General Conference 2016

September 14, 2015

Guest writer Katy Kiser shines the light on liberal protest groups’ militant plans for the UMC’s 2016 General Conference.