Mark D. Tooley

Christian Post Contributor

Hillsong Church, Relevance and Pariahs

There's a good piece by Andrew Walker in First Things on a popular international church network called Hillsong's apparent equivocation on marriage. At a recent New York press conference, the ministry's leader, Brian Houston, declined to answer whether the ministry affirms the biblical position. Instead, he stresses the church's need to stay "relevant."

Calvinists, Please Rescue Evangelicals From Perfectionism

Wesleyan and Anabaptist perfectionisms are the emerging dominant forms of Christian social witness in America, according to this fascinating piece in First Things by Dale Coulter of Regent University. He's certainly right about their pervasive influence but unduly optimistic about their plausibility and sustainability, much less desirability.

Who's Killing Christians in Iraq?

At least 14 Christians were targeted for killing in Mosul, about 260 miles north of Baghdad, earlier this month, prompting more than 1,300 Christian families to flee what had previously been a safe haven.

Religious Left Voter Guides

Allegedly manipulative conservative religious voter guides often get lots of media play. But Religious Left groups publish their own guidance, although for a much smaller potential constituency.

Sarah Palin: Under His Thumb?

Religious Left theologian Susan Thistlewaite at the Center for American Progress, writing for The Washington Post's religion blog, has formulated the ultimate reason why Sarah Palin must not become Vice President.

America's 'Best' Theologian

Christian pacifist Stanley Hauerwas was hailed by Time magazine in 2001 as America's "best" theologian. Whether best or not, he is certainly one of America's most influential theologians and ethicists.

Methodists for 'Justice'

Open border advocates on the Religious Left mystically describe illegal immigrants as "sojourners" seeking respite, like the Holy Family's escape to Egypt from the angry King Herod who sought to kill the Baby Jesus.

A Wildman Against Israel

One of Mainline Protestantism's harshest critics of Israel is United Methodist missions official David Wildman, who commonly likens Israel to Apartheid South Africa.

Religious Left Did Not Always Despise Israel

The Religious Left in America and internationally is viscerally opposed to Israel, whom it exclusively faults for nearly all Middle East turmoil. But liberal churchmen in the West used to support Israel, welcoming its creation as a providential reaction to the horrors of the Holocaust.

The World Council of Churches and the Zionist Catastrophe

The Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC), seemingly having preferred not to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel, is instead in June convening a global week-long commemoration of the 1967 war. This remembrance will mournfully lament Israel's occupation of the West Bank, without specifically recalling that the occupation only began after Israel defeated several Arab armies poised for attack. "It's Time for Palestine!" is the theme for the joint advocacy initiative involving church events around the world.