Americans don’t cite ‘God, family, country’ quite like the cliche goes

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) “God, family and country” might make for a good country music tune, but that’s not really how most Americans see the strongest influences on… read more

Embracing multiracial America

By Scott J. Jones
This article is part of Ministry Matters' ongoing collection of responses to President Obama's Selma speech. Follow the project as it grows and join the discussion… read more

No sprinklers required: How my church kept homeless people off church steps

By Linda Kaufman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco is getting bad press this week over a sprinkler system it installed to keep homeless people from sleeping on church… read more

Remember Lyle E. Schaller: The interventionist

By Paul Franklyn
Lyle Schaller, widely considered by pastors to be the most important and influential observer of church culture during the twentieth century in the United States, died March 18… read more

Presbyterian Church (USA) approves marriage amendment

By Melody K. Smith / Presbyterian News Service
(PNS) While the Office of the General Assembly is still awaiting official tallies, it appears that a majority of the 171 presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have… read more

Prominent San Francisco evangelical church drops celibacy requirement for LGBT members

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) A prominent evangelical Christian church in San Francisco has announced it will no longer ask members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to remain celibate… read more

Bread crumbs — Some courses are bumpy

By Ed Zinkiewicz
In my previous post I introduced a quote from Steve Job’s commencement address in 2005: You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking… read more

A place for secular Christianity?

By Courtney T Ball
Recently I had a conversation with a man who is in the midst of planning a bar mitzvah for his son. This bar mitzvah will not be a religious ceremony or connected to a synagogue… read more

Mixed messages about money

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
A friend related the following story to me. “Before I left for church on Sunday, I realized it was the week to make a contribution to the church. I hadn’t been there… read more

10 reasons to consider church revitalization — even over church planting

By Ron Edmondson
I meet with young church planters frequently. I hope that continues. We had great experiences in two successful church plants and it’s certainly in my heart. Currently we… read more

Church threatened with fines for taking in homeless

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) The Rev. Courtney McHill couldn’t be prouder of her flock at McMinnville Cooperative Ministries for welcoming homeless people to camp there. “I’ve never… read more

Simplifying and decluttering as spiritual disciplines

By Jill M. Johnson
Decluttering fever In late January, I took advantage of Clear Your Clutter Day, sponsored by our local chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). This… read more
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