Out of style: What churches can learn from Abercrombie & Fitch

By Shane Raynor
While the church continues its handwringing over the purported mass exodus of millennials, Abercrombie & Fitch is quickly becoming a retail Titanic because it can’t… read more

10 steps to a great sermon

By Courtney T Ball
I come from a family line of preachers. I married the daughter of a preacher. I've heard a lot of sermons in my life, covering the spectrum from awe-inspiring to… read more

General Theological Seminary resolves faculty dispute, but future is unclear

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) The future of the Episcopal Church’s flagship General Theological Seminary remains unclear, even as trustees agreed this week to reinstate most of the faculty who were … read more

Gay marriage hits major bump in federal appeals court

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON (RNS) The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the… read more

Can we stop making excuses for small churches?

By Chad Holtz
I’m tired of being lulled by the matrix that is religion into an acceptance of the status quo in the church, whatever the denomination. We are reminded again and again that… read more

Why Mark Driscoll’s fall and Mars Hill’s breakup issues a warning for megastar pastors

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) Can a megachurch survive the departure of its megastar pastor? For Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, it’s an open question. Mars Hill announced last week that it would … read more

7 lies pastors believe

By Ron Edmondson
My heart is for the pastor. Maybe it stems from the fact that I spent years as a layperson—a deacon and Sunday school teacher—before becoming a pastor. I realize… read more

5 ways to support your pastor's family

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
It’s no secret that the life of a pastor’s family is filled with unique challenges. There are few roles that mix work and family life as closely as pastoral ministry… read more

Evangelical leader Russell Moore denounces ex-gay therapy

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy at a conference here, saying the controversial treatment that attempts to change a… read more

Pastors and comedians

By Joseph Yoo
In a recent episode of the WTF Podcast, Marc Maron (the host) interviewed Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. The interview opened up with Jay saying that he always… read more

Frank Schaefer wins final reinstatement with United Methodists

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Seven years after officiating at the wedding of his gay son, the Rev. Frank Schaefer has been reinstated as a clergyman in the United Methodist Church. The… read more

Secularism grows as more U.S. Christians turn ‘churchless’

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) If you’re dismayed that one in five Americans (20 percent) are “nones” — people who claim no particular religious identity — brace yourself… read more
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