From collusion to covenant: A meditation for United Methodists

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
United Methodists are joined together institutionally through conferencing, polity, symbols and financial resources. And yet in our unhealthy patterns of behavior we are also… read more

Vulnerability in the pulpit: How much is too much?

By Kira Schlesinger
Glennon Doyle Melton is a best-selling author, a well-known blogger, and a popular speaker. Recently, I lined up with a lot of other thirty and forty-something white women to file … read more

The medium is the message: Unity, schism and The UMC

By Jonathan Marlowe
Here’s the problem with splitting up the United Methodist Church: the medium is the message. Those who are familiar with Marshall McLuhan will recognize his famous phrase… read more

On Haiti and getting nothing accomplished

By Sarah Howell
“What can you get accomplished in two days?” That question was posed to me by a church member the night before I left for Port-au-Prince, Haiti* with a team for a… read more

The Trump effect, InterVarsity's purge and why some men don't like church

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of News and Religion, the panel and I discuss the "Trump effect" and the country's expectations for morality from politicians. We also talk about… read more

Playing the comparison game

By Joseph Yoo
I’ve always felt an affinity with Peter. Sometimes I like to think he was named Rock... as in, “dumb as a rock.” He’s often impulsive with his actions and… read more

Discipleship and political engagement: An interview with Bradley Burroughs

By Clifton Stringer
Recently I was able to visit with Dr. Bradley Burroughs. His reflections spring out of deep concern for Christian discipleship as it relates to political engagement, including the … read more

Creating a ministry self-education strategy

By Chad Brooks
Do you ever struggle with known weaknesses? Or do you feel that you don’t have adequate knowledge of something that keeps coming up in ministry? The solution is… read more

Top 6 paths to productivity, 21st century style

By Talbot Davis
We all have deadlines, but then again, we all have distractions, too. So what are some ways in the digital age to increase productivity, in ministry and otherwise? Here are six… read more

Community organizing

By Dave Barnhart
What is community organizing? The first time many Americans heard the phrase community organizing was when it was listed as part of Barack Obama’s resumé in the 2008… read more

Don't panic

By Preston Maxwell
Ever have one of “those” weeks? You know, the type of week where you cannot seem to escape the bad news? One of those weeks where you are doing your best to tread… read more

I am not an obstacle to Christian unity

By Kira Schlesinger
As those who frequently read my writings on this site know, I write a lot about gender issues and the church, what it is like to be a woman in ministry, and the challenges and… read more
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