Call to prayer, call to repentance

By Marilyn E. Thornton
Sunday, September 13, 2015 has been deemed a day for a “Call to Prayer, Confession, Repentance, and Action” by the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church… read more

The Bible ties freedom to debt relief. Americans should too

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The Liberty Bell contains an unforgettable inscription: "Proclaim liberty throughout the land and unto all the inhabitants thereof." This stirring quotation… read more

Brace yourself for Ashley Madison's impact on church kids

By Chelsen Vicari
The recent Ashley Madison hack leaves us watching marriages within the church crumble before our eyes. But the betrayal of an affair doesn’t just affect husband and wife… read more

7 natural barriers to sustained church growth

By Ron Edmondson
In church planting, we defied the rules of growth for several years. There are “rules,” which when they happen will naturally stall growth. We were convinced they… read more

Have you ever wished you could unsend an email?

By Joseph Yoo
I recently discovered that Google’s Gmail has an “undo send” function. Turn it on and you can have up to 30 seconds to unsend an email that you just sent. Of… read more

When love isn't the answer

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
I have just returned from a national church conference that brought together church leaders and thought leaders to talk about leadership best practices. For my part, I asked… read more

When your church no longer reflects the community

By Ron Edmondson
I was coaching a group of pastors recently and was asked a question I’ve encountered but never really answered. It’s a question which seems to come up frequently these … read more

Earn all you can

By Donald R. House
In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus contends that the poor will always be with us (Mark 14:7). This implies that the rich will also be with us. This troubles many. Income inequality… read more

Learning to accept failure

By David Dorn
"Fail early. Fail quickly." But what happens when you fail to acknowledge your own failures?  David Dorn is the Lead Contemporary Pastor for Marvin United Methodist… read more

Giving beyond what is expected

By Paul Bonner
It’s easy to be generous when a cup of lemonade costs only 25 cents. Some of us might even give a whole dollar if the children are raising money for a worthy cause. Or maybe … read more

Abundance for the center-city church

By Donna Claycomb Sokol
We are the ones paying all the bills! Listen to us,” said the eighty-seven-year-old woman while clapping her hands in the young pastor’s face. “It’s our… read more

Does your church say ‘yes’ too much?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
The power of affirmation is well known in human relationships. In fact social scientists have identified the ideal ratio of positive to negative statements for happy and healthy… read more
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