Ministering After Suicide

By Tina Fox
Early in my ministry, a young parishioner completed suicide. Her death devastated our church, our community and me. Following her funeral, many attendees shared with me their… read more

Why I Marched on McDonald's

By William J. Barber II
(RNS) Recently, I marched with McDonald's workers from three dozen cities to the company's corporate headquarters outside of Chicago. After they refused to leave the corporate… read more

The Real Reason Men Aren’t Singing in Church

By Tom Fuerst
I read an article recently claiming to have discovered the real reason men are singing less in church these days. I’m not sure if there’s really any objective… read more

Leading in Transition

By Timothy Siburg
If you are a leader, and if you are in some form of ministry, then you almost certainly have had to deal with your fair share of transitions. How have you handled it? What has… read more

Temptation

By David Dorn
People who fall to temptation know very little about how hard it is to resist. Check out how a quote by C.S. Lewis has made me think. David Dorn blogs at… read more

Revival

By Adam Hamilton
John Wesley's message and his faith continue to speak to 21st-century Christians—calling for a revival of our hearts and souls so that our world might be changed.Join Adam… read more

The Best Person for the Job

By Joseph Yoo
I believe that when churches are hiring for positions, they should be looking for the best person for the job. Sounds obvious, right? But some churches inappropriately use "grace" … read more

Lasts

By Eric Van Meter
Last week was, for me, a week of lasts. Last goodbyes with several friends before we move. Last mission trip with my ASU students. Along with that, the last Tour de Faith bike… read more

7 Helpful Skills for Pastors Leading Growing Churches

By Ron Edmondson
I came close to titling these "essential" skills, but I knew that was unfair. God can and does work through all different types of people. But, he has appointed some to be… read more

Should Conservatives Oppose the Death Penalty?

By Clifton Stringer
The Boston Globe's Leon Neyfakh reports, in a May 25 story ("The conservative case against the death penalty"), on opposition to the death penalty from within the Republican… read more

Rolling a Joint, a Metaphor for a Nation Losing Its Way

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) I am sweating on the treadmill when a young man walks onto the patio outside my window, sits at a table and spreads out his drug paraphernalia. He folds a piece of white… read more

Why Do Pastors Often Act Like the Parishioners They Complain About?

By Dave Barnhart
Nearly any pastor can tell you the symptoms of an unhealthy church: members distrust their leadership and their pastor; they insist on voting on everything, even the color of the… read more
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