A decluttered faith

By Ray Waddle
There’s a long and passionate spiritual tradition of waiting for God, waiting for revival, waiting for a personal sign or the end of time—waiting for something… read more

5 keys to effective sermon preparation

By Chad Brooks
Welcome to sermon preparation month! In August I am focusing both episodes on sermon preparation. This is the topic I have been hearing about the most and I am want to share… read more

Interview with Bishop Ken Carter

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., Shane Raynor
Bishop Ken Carter and Shane Raynor discuss the United Methodist Church, schism, the "local option," General Conference 2016, and the need for a coherent social teaching. read more

America’s Christian conservatives ponder a ‘Babylonian exile’

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) From the moment they set foot on North American soil, the Puritans who came to the continent viewed their “errand into the wilderness” through a biblical lens… read more

Good news about sharing the good news

By Dave Barnhart
I feel like I’m twelve years old, riding through my neighborhood on bikes with my buddies. The click of gears, the occasional laughter, the roar of wind in my ears on a nice … read more

Sweeping away the clutter: Q&A with Bill Hybels

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) Clutter influences the way you work, the way you live and the state of your soul, too, argues megachurch pastor Bill Hybels. Hybels has written a new book, “Simplify:… read more

Organizing ministry with systems

By Chad Brooks
Welcome to the 19th episode of The Productive Pastor. I have a great interview in place for you today with Michael Lukaszewski focusing on systems. This is a topic I have been… read more

Someone tell the president: Iraqi Christians are dying

By Kirsten Powers / USA Today
(RNS) It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results have been deadly. On June 10, … read more

The heart of the matter

By David C. Hockett
Matthew 16:13-20 “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Jesus puts the question directly to his disciples. After asking what the crowds say about him—the… read more

7 easy ways to put a ‘Not Welcome’ sign on your church

By Ron Edmondson
I was running recently on a route I’ve run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too “good” not to stop and take a picture with my … read more

My top 10 must-haves for college students

By Dan Boone
Ah, August. Summer’s winding down as retail store aisles fill up with pencils, markers, and glue. Ask any parent what’s top of their mind these days and I guarantee… read more

Praying with the imagination

By Kasey Hitt
Consider this: Everything that has ever been created was once imagined. The imagination is a powerful, often overlooked, gift from God for creating loving relationships with God… read more
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