Just Say Something

By Tina Fox
When someone is hurting, we don't always know what to say to them. So, we say nothing. Just say something. I've read so many blogs (and written some myself) about what NOT to say… read more

Why Easter Is More Important Than Christmas

By John Partridge
In the church, we observe a handful of "holy days" but really make a big deal about two of them: Christmas and Easter. The average church person believes this to be true because… read more

When Can We Stop Calling Marriage an ‘Institution’?

By Tom Fuerst
Something in me dies every time I hear someone talk about marriage as an institution. The word "institution" seems to take all the spirit out of the word "marriage." When you prod … read more

Emotional Landmines: Leading When Explosions Occur

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
For many the church is a place of comfort and support, but for leaders within congregations it's an emotional minefield. The emotional landmines leaders encounter sit below the… read more

Responding to ‘Noah’

By Peter Surran
A Flood of Controversy There's an old joke that goes like this: Q: Where was Noah when the lights went out? A: In d'ark! Dark is certainly one word that has been used to describe… read more

Treasure

By Jacob Armstrong
At the first mention of the word treasure, my mind is filled with images of pirate ships, deserted islands, and an X that marks the spot. I think of a hidden chest filled with… read more

4 Types of Anonymous Critics

By Ron Edmondson
I've received my share of criticism. It comes with leadership. If you aren't receiving criticism, you probably aren't leading. I've also received my share of anonymous criticism… read more

Schism: Good or Bad, Don't Believe the Hype

By Shane Raynor
If you follow religion blogs and news sites, it's likely you've heard buzz about the possibility of schism in the United Methodist Church. The controversies surrounding… read more

Holy Conversations

By Circuit Rider
THIS ISSUE'S TOPIC: How does in-depth Bible study impact your congregation? Has it generated leaders? Here are some examples, with others posted on the web at:… read more

Diving Deep

By David Teel
In the late 1960s, my family lived in a suburb north of Dallas. We had a swimming pool in the backyard that became an oasis each summer from the Texas heat. As an anxious… read more

Survey: More People Say the Good Book Isn’t a God Book

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Bible films may be raking it in at the box office, but fewer people are reading the original and taking it seriously. The American Bible Society's latest State of the Bible… read more

The Empty Tomb

By Alex Joyner
Easter: An End or a Beginning? On Easter morning, some will come to worship because they want to experience an ending and others because they want to experience a beginning. Some… read more
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