Mark Tooley

Mark Tooley predicts UMC "radicals" will be "losers" if the church splits; First UMC in Fort Collins, Colo., creates resource booklet for Mountain Sky Conference. Read more

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Jesus Before Pilate

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Facing the "significant ambiguity" between what is and what will be lies a reassuring gospel truth: God's love is infinite, as Jesus taught, and those who practice it form Christ's church, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

The Wesleyan Covenant Association people, who now have gotten their hopes fulfilled by continued exclusion of the LGBTQIA community, will be delighted to make sure the African church stays fully funded, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more


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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant finds the theological perspective and General Conference aims of ultraconservative IRD cause him deep distress. Read more

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The Institute for Religion & Democracy reaches an out-of-court settlement with the North Texas Annual Conference over a mailing list it purchased from the now-defunct UMR Communications. Read more

In the Church

The North Texas Annual Conference passes a resolution asking the Institute on Religion and Democracy to cease using a 160,000-name mailing list it purchased from the now-defunct UMR Communications Inc. Read more



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The Institute on Religion & Democracy's UMAction committee angered dozens of United Methodists by using a subscriber list purchased from a defunct church newspaper to send a letter targeting a "renegade bishop." Read more

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Methodist DNA

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If you can't something nice about your own church, don't go praising other traditions, says the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre about the IRD's Mark Tooley and his effusive endorsement of Calvinists. Read more


Mark Tooley

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It's Time for Mark Tooley to Quit Bullying Stanley Hauerwas and Other Pacifists

The criticisms of Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, reflect none of the characteristics that scripture says make for Christian community, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Sep 13, 2013 12:24 PM Morgan Guyton 2 Comments


The Rev. Andrew Burd-Harris takes on Mark Tooley of the IRD on the subject of the morality of using drones as a military strategy. Read more

Feb 28, 2013 7:36 PM Andrew Burd-Harris