From Iowa With حب (Love)

By Courtney T Ball
"Islam is a violent religion." "Muslims are dangerous." "They're terrorists." How many times have we heard these statements in Iowa over the past few months? Not since the… read more

Paving the way for female clergy: A testimony

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
As I stood in front of the congregation, ready to preach my first sermon, there was no doubt in my mind that this had been God’s idea, not mine. Four years earlier I had… read more

Trump is a huge 'loser' with GOP Protestant pastors

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Donald Trump, who loves to call others "losers," is a big one himself in a new survey of U.S. Protestant pastors. When LifeWay Research, an evangelical polling group, asked… read more

Flint: America's newest mission field

By David Person
What cause has brought rock and acting legend Cher and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz together? The same one that has brought together a militia group and Michael… read more

The way forward for The United Methodist Church

By M. Kathryn Armistead
As The United Methodist Church continues its struggles over issues related to homosexuality, perhaps we would do well to recall other such times in church history. All of our… read more

3 traps of growth and how to overcome them

By Len Wilson
Growth is dangerous. We labor to see things grow, yet when we become enamored with the fruits of our labor, bad things happen. It has the potential to lead us to believe that… read more

You choose: Was this a worship experience or was it ... ?

By Christy Thomas
All our needs were met. Instructions were clear and signage was excellent. Gracious and competent attendants directed us through the gargantuan parking lot, waving us into a… read more

Annual stewardship drive as action planning

By John Laster
Most congregations are in the process of distributing year-end giving statements for 2015 along with letters confirming pledges for 2016. Some stewardship teams think their work… read more

The sin of the clergy pay gap

By Kira Schlesinger
Last week, my fellow clergy sisters and I were hit with a gut punch when the new information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was released. For the first time, clergy income… read more

3 hidden leadership skills of Jesus

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
The world wants more of churches: more spirituality, more community, more engagement, more love, more miracles, more demonstration of the kingdom. Not less. Yet, most of us are… read more

Christianity and the problem of common sense

By Zack Hunt
I will never forget that day as long as I live. There I was, innocently standing in line at the grocery store, bill paid and preparing to make my exit when I looked down and… read more

The right answers to the right questions

By David Staal
In recent years, a unique question captured church attention across the nation. Many congregational leaders, popular speakers and passionate pastors sought to startle faith… read more
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