Beyond self-loathing to God's future

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
The release of the Pew U.S. Religious Landscape Study has generated prominent headlines in the general and church media. “Christianity Faces Sharp Decline,” the… read more

Feeling like an impostor

By Kira Schlesinger
The man behind the sandwich shop counter gestured toward his neck as he inquired, “So, is that a real outfit?” My fingers brushed the cool plastic of my clerical… read more

5 bad reasons to plant a church

By Ron Edmondson
I love church planters. I moved into church revitalization and part of the concern I had for doing so is that I might not have a foot into church planting. That would be tough for … read more

Local-option Methodism

By Steve Harper
Adam Hamilton has issued a new call for “a way forward” advocating a local-option plan that the General Conference would design, approve, implement, oversee and… read more

7 examples of shallow leadership

By Ron Edmondson
Growing in our leadership abilities — including growing in the knowledge of leadership and the relational aspect of leadership — should be a goal for every leader… read more

Are you a brain-savvy leader?

By Charles Stone
Although I’ve earned a masters and a doctorate in Christian ministry, in addition to my engineering degree, I never heard a seminary professor talk about how the brain… read more

Liberia's United Methodists keep ban on divorced clergy becoming bishops

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
(RNS) In the United States, United Methodists are fighting about whether to allow clergy to marry gay couples. In Liberia, divorce is on the line. The United Methodist Church in… read more

Why clergy get kicked out

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Every year thousands of clergy are moved, removed or otherwise asked to retire from the pulpit. Aside from big splashy issues like running off with the choir director, making off… read more

Let the unheard speak

By David Horton
“A black man can raise his voice and you don’t have to be intimidated.” These are the brave words from a young black man in Baltimore. On the evening of April… read more

What if Superman didn’t want to be a hero?

By Paul Asay
Excerpted with permission from "Burning Bush 2.0: How Pop Culture Replaced the Prophet" by Paul Asay (Abingdon Press)  What if Superman didn’t want to be a… read more

Speaking into the dark

By Cameron Merrill
Don’t get too close It’s dark inside It’s where my demons hide It’s where my demons hide Every time I hear these words from Imagine Dragons’ 2012… read more

Swingers club or ‘church’: Who gets to decide?

By Heidi Hall / Religion News Service
MADISON, Tenn. (RNS) Goodpasture Christian School sits on a sprawling, bucolic campus seven miles north of downtown Nashville, where 900 students ready themselves for adult lives… read more
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