If Millennials Leave Religion, Then What?

By Peter Levine
(RNS) As the Pew Research Center recently found, today's young people are "less likely than older generations to be affiliated with any religion." The question is whether this… read more

What Do You Mean… Time to Split?

By Laurie Haller
"As we were sitting in the back of the truck at the end of the day, I wondered why I wasn't feeling a sense of joy. We had worked hard all day helping many people, but it didn't… read more

The Social Justice Issue the UMC Doesn’t Want to Deal With

By David F. Watson
Imagine that there was a pre-natal test, commonly recommended by medical personnel, to identify children who would experience depression throughout their lives. Upon receiving a… read more

Are We Expecting Too Much or Too Little from the Church?

By Erik Raymond
As a pastor I meet a lot of people who are looking for a church. One of the most helpful questions I can ask is, "What are you looking for in a church?" In one sense I hate this… read more

Blogging as Public Therapy

By Allan R. Bevere
One of the things I have become conscious of as a preacher is how much of myself gets poured into a sermon. That, of course, is understandable. It is impossible for preachers to… read more

Just Say Something

By Tina Fox
When someone is hurting, we don't always know what to say to them. So, we say nothing. Just say something. I've read so many blogs (and written some myself) about what NOT to say… read more

Why Easter Is More Important Than Christmas

By John Partridge
In the church, we observe a handful of "holy days" but really make a big deal about two of them: Christmas and Easter. The average church person believes this to be true because… read more

When Can We Stop Calling Marriage an ‘Institution’?

By Tom Fuerst
Something in me dies every time I hear someone talk about marriage as an institution. The word "institution" seems to take all the spirit out of the word "marriage." When you prod … read more

Emotional Landmines: Leading When Explosions Occur

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
For many the church is a place of comfort and support, but for leaders within congregations it's an emotional minefield. The emotional landmines leaders encounter sit below the… read more

Responding to ‘Noah’

By Peter Surran
A Flood of Controversy There's an old joke that goes like this: Q: Where was Noah when the lights went out? A: In d'ark! Dark is certainly one word that has been used to describe… read more

Treasure

By Jacob Armstrong
At the first mention of the word treasure, my mind is filled with images of pirate ships, deserted islands, and an X that marks the spot. I think of a hidden chest filled with… read more

4 Types of Anonymous Critics

By Ron Edmondson
I've received my share of criticism. It comes with leadership. If you aren't receiving criticism, you probably aren't leading. I've also received my share of anonymous criticism… read more
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