Church Explores Other Scouting Groups After Boy Scouts Revoke Charter

By Catherine O'Donnell
SEATTLE (RNS) The pastor of a United Methodist Church said her congregation is exploring other scouting affiliations now that the Boy Scouts of America revoked the congregation's… read more

Treasure Bonus Materials

By Jacob Armstrong
Welcome to the online bonus materials accompanying the Treasure sermon series resource. To help you prepare your sermons and worship for this series, your purchase includes a free … read more

If the Internet Isn't Killing Religion, What Is?

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently that religion's decline in America coincided with the rise of the Internet. He theorized that the two may be connected… read more

Hobby Lobby and the First Amendment

By Martha Myre
A lot of discussion was generated on Facebook recently after I posted a story about Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby evidently pays a beginning wage that is 93% higher than the federally… read more

6 Ways Capitalism Fails the Church

By Morgan Guyton
The religion blog forum Patheos is hosting a Public Square conversation called "Has Capitalism Failed?" largely in response to Pope Francis' scathing critique of capitalism in his … read more

Throwing the Baby Out With the Baptism Water

By Tom Fuerst
A few weeks ago I baptized my first baby in my new church. I wanted everything to be perfect for the parents. They will never forget the moment when their first child gets… read more

Leadership for the Timid

By Dave Barnhart
I was never a big fan of business books on "leadership." They always seemed full of military and sports metaphors, and told stories of how, through grit and hard work, tribe A… read more

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
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