How to dream like Jesus

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the dreams of Jesus. Not his nighttime dreams. But the dream that drove him day by day. It was never far from his awareness. He talked… read more

Doritos Tacos and the church

By Joseph Yoo
I can’t verify how true it is, but I received this information recently in my Twitter feed from the account Google Facts:  Doritos tacos have pulled Taco Bell out of a … read more

7 of the most dangerous church cultures I've observed

By Ron Edmondson
I was talking with a couple of pastors recently about leading in church revitalization and growth. Both of these pastors are seasoned church leaders who have far more experience… read more

Mother Emanuel — What can we say?

By James A. Harnish
A brutal interruption Thursday should have been Pope Francis’ day in the headlines with the release of his encyclical on the environment. But the pope was interrupted by the … read more

The church and homosexuality: Finding a way forward

By Jason Byassee
The months leading up to General Conference are sure to see a raft of proposals on homosexuality in the United Methodist Church. Being a centrist denomination by inclination many… read more

Americans’ confidence in religion hits a new low

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Americans have less confidence in organized religion today than ever measured before — a sign that the church could be “losing its footing as a pillar of moral… read more

What to make of Southern Baptists’ declining numbers

By Trevin Wax / Religion News Service
(RNS) The largest Protestant denomination in the United States is meeting this week, but it’s not as large as it was last year, or the year before. Southern Baptists now… read more

7 tips for hiring the right person for the church staff

By Ron Edmondson
We must make good staff hires in the church. That’s seems like common sense to me, but there’s a definite reason. In most churches it is often difficult to remove… read more

15 things Alcoholics Anonymous can teach the church

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Alcoholics Anonymous has forever changed the church. And it has done it right under our noses. Or better put, in our church basements, classrooms and meeting rooms. AA introduced… read more

Why a ‘yes’ to gays is often a ‘no’ to evangelicalism

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) With the Supreme Court expected to find a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in a few weeks, a sorting is taking place among evangelical Christian leaders. The debate … read more

Accountability where it counts

By Michael J. Coyner
Recently the Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church voted to recommend a series of changes to our Book of Discipline. Like all of the other proposals and petitions that … read more

I think I can't, I think I can't

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
In the classic children’s book, “The Little Engine That Could,” a long train needs help being pulled up and over a steep grade. All the other engines, including… read more
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