Fighting the system: The aging body and the aging UMC

By Christy Thomas
Like just about everyone I know, I am in a constant battle with my body’s survival desire to put on weight. Vanity drives my battle. Cellular memory and human history drives … read more

Why are so many Americans not online?

By Katie Shockley
A shock My first Sunday at a new church brought an unanticipated shock. As I asked the congregation to register their attendance, I requested that the members write down their… read more

Proposal to loosen Anglican Communion ties draws mixed responses

By Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A proposal to loosen the ties of the bitterly divided Anglican Communion drew mostly favorable reactions in Britain, while African prelates said they… read more

8 dangerous traits that will wreck your ability to lead

By Ron Edmondson
There are no perfect leaders except for Jesus. For the rest of us, we each have room for improvement. Most of us live with flaws in our leadership and the more we mature the more… read more

Joe Biden, Layman-in-chief

By David Person
Vice President Joe Biden, like President Obama, is open about his Christian faith. And after his recent appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, his moniker one day, if… read more

Worshipful giving

By Chris J. Hayes
Mark 12:38-44 Jesus’ teaching refocuses our attention to what should be important in life. Too often we allow the riches and treasures of this world to consume our thoughts… read more

Pope Francis: ‘Jesus was popular and look how that turned out’

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) In two wide-ranging new interviews, the pontiff discusses matters both weighty and personal, such as: the perils of his popularity, his plans to welcome divorced and… read more

Keep faith-based hiring discrimination, religious leaders tell Obama

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Seventy supporters of religion-based hiring discrimination urged President Obama Thursday (Sept. 10) to continue to permit government-funded faith groups to employ people… read more

7 things we've learned about reaching millennials

By Ron Edmondson
The statistics are staggering. The older a child gets today, the greater his or her chances are of disappearing from the church. The church must intentionally plan to reverse this … read more

How can the church learn from the emergency room?

By Craig T. Kocher, Keith Kocher
This was first published in Faith & Leadership. The metaphor of the church as hospital is a rich one, and the relationship between curing the body and caring for the soul… read more

The glorious trouble with young clergy

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Once upon a time, I was a young clergy person. I was full of passion and verve, hope and vision. My call was fresh. My courage was strong. The first church I served, an… read more

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
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