Gardner C. Taylor, dean of black preachers, dies at 96

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service, B. Denise Hawkins
(RNS) The Rev. Gardner C. Taylor, widely considered the dean of the nation’s black preachers and “the poet laureate of American Protestantism,” died Sunday… read more

Americans split on businesses turning away gay weddings

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) A host of governors, CEOs and church leaders call Indiana’s new religious freedom law a backdoor opening to anti-gay discrimination, but Americans appear more divided… read more

Crystal Cathedral founder Robert Schuller dies at 88

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service, Lisa Singh
(RNS) Televangelist Robert H. Schuller, who attempted to integrate the teachings of John Calvin with the positive thinking of Norman Vincent Peale, and lost his famed Crystal… read more

Give up on giving up

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
In this last installment on what to give up for Lent, beyond doughnuts and lattes, to things that make a real difference, I have to end this way: Give up giving up! It’s… read more

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: ‘Not going to change’ religious freedom law

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended his state’s new religious freedom law Sunday (March 29) while refusing to say if it would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians… read more

5 tips for leading strong-willed people

By Ron Edmondson
Have you ever tried to lead someone who didn’t want to be led? The same children that were labeled “strong-willed” by their parents often grow up to be… read more

Southern Baptist race summit calls for focus on reconciliation

By Heidi Hall / Religion News Service
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptists did not mince words about their racist past during a two-day summit here devoted to making churches more diverse. During the first… read more

‘We’ve always done it that way’: A phrase to celebrate

By Teddy Ray
Did you make a New Year’s resolution? By the end of the year, research says there will be an eight percent chance you’ve kept it. Eight percent! Why so low? Because… read more

Death and resurrection of an urban church

By Robert King
For an idea of how Broadway United Methodist Church is turning the model of the urban church inside out, look for a moment at its food pantry, clothing ministry and after-school… read more

Give up going to church

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
This week of Lent, my suggestion is to give up going to church. Some of you already have. The rest of you may be wondering why on earth I would make this suggestion. Isn’t… read more

Church growth isn't the goal; it's the outcome

By Len Wilson
A recent parody poked fun at innovation in the church by pretending that an ancient church, 1,700 years old, had rebranded its name to match an American, nondenominational… read more

Down with the patriarchy: On the path to real inclusivity

By Kira Schlesinger
I was recently asked to give the prayer for the commencement festivities at the local university in the small town where I serve. In his request, the president noted that he had… read more
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