Justice and God's requirement

By Ray Speller
With what shall I come to the Lord and bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves?Does… read more

Remembering J. Ellsworth Kalas

By Mary Catherine Dean
Ellsworth Kalas was one of the good ones. He was warm, wonderful, a pleasure to hear from; a pleasure to be around. As his editor, I knew it was going to be a good day when I saw… read more

Oldest U.S. graduate seminary to close campus

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald / Religion News Service
(RNS) America’s oldest graduate seminary is once again blazing a trail for other mainline Protestant institutions to follow. But this time it’s a path many would… read more

7 steps to thinking strategically in the moment

By Ron Edmondson
Have you ever said something you wished later you hadn’t? It was a quick response, they needed a decision now — or thought they did — so you fired off an answer. … read more

Mayor remains church pastor, thanks to dad

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
The Rev. Mark Holland needed help when he was elected mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, and not just at city hall. Holland knew that if he was going to be a full-time mayor and… read more

Do something in the world: Youth ministry and ecology

By Timothy Van Meter
Youth ministry is an opportunity for a church to exhibit its true character. In some cases, the church is afraid to let young people live out their passions in the midst of the… read more

Youth events: Leading from within

By Sabrina N. Short
High-carb, high-sugar menu...check. Games that involve large amounts of marshmallows...check. Volunteer for the pie in the face...check. Youth space large enough for the game of… read more

Why I don't always give people an answer

By Ron Edmondson
I have a theory I practice often. I’ve been using it for many years — as a leader, father, a friend and a pastor. It’s not always what people come looking to me… read more

Four ways senior pastors can help youth ministry work

By Jason C. Stanley
A few years ago I led a workshop on youth ministry for a conference-wide training event. Prior to this workshop I was leading similar workshops in the designated youth space of… read more

Called, ordained, and too busy to argue

By Kira Schlesinger
There comes a time when having the same argument over and over again is fruitless. No one’s minds or hearts are changed. Each side becomes further entrenched in their… read more

Leading young people to theologically minded faith

By Fred P. Edie
For too long Christians have thought of theology as an esoteric academic discipline, the province of supercilious, tenured scholars scheming behind the fortified walls of ivory… read more

Starbucks’ red cups and the Internet outrage machine

By Laura Turner / Religion News Service
(RNS) When it comes to outrage, the Internet abhors a vacuum. The latest missives in the continuing culture wars have come from different sides of Christianity over, of all… read more
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