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

The Bible ties freedom to debt relief. Americans should too

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The Liberty Bell contains an unforgettable inscription: "Proclaim liberty throughout the land and unto all the inhabitants thereof." This stirring quotation… read more

Brace yourself for Ashley Madison's impact on church kids

By Chelsen Vicari
The recent Ashley Madison hack leaves us watching marriages within the church crumble before our eyes. But the betrayal of an affair doesn’t just affect husband and wife… read more

7 natural barriers to sustained church growth

By Ron Edmondson
In church planting, we defied the rules of growth for several years. There are “rules,” which when they happen will naturally stall growth. We were convinced they… read more

Have you ever wished you could unsend an email?

By Joseph Yoo
I recently discovered that Google’s Gmail has an “undo send” function. Turn it on and you can have up to 30 seconds to unsend an email that you just sent. Of… read more

When love isn't the answer

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
I have just returned from a national church conference that brought together church leaders and thought leaders to talk about leadership best practices. For my part, I asked… read more
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