‘Test Me in This...’

By Sherri Williams
Our church recently finished our annual stewardship campaign. I'm not on the finance committee, so at this point I have no idea how it went as far as pledges go. To me, it seemed… read more

Unusual Gospel for Unusual People

By Adam Thomas
Adam Thomas previews "Unusual Gospel for Unusual People," his new Bible study series that explores the good news of Jesus from John's unusual perspective. read more

Appointment Time Again!

By Ed Trimmer
The two point charge I have been serving got the word they will be receiving a full-time male local pastor who has not been divorced and is married but without children and who… read more

Can There Be a Rational Compromise on the Pledge of Allegiance?

By John Ragosta
(RNS) Yet another Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit has been filed, this time with New Jersey humanists challenging the requirement that each school day begin with recitation of the… read more

Social Justice Is Not Social Holiness

By Evan W. Rohrs-Dodge
I attended a very liberal seminary. I don't mean that pejoratively, nor do I believe it to be an unfair characterization. Many, if not most of the school faculty identify… read more

Church Explores Other Scouting Groups After Boy Scouts Revoke Charter

By Catherine O'Donnell
SEATTLE (RNS) The pastor of a United Methodist Church said her congregation is exploring other scouting affiliations now that the Boy Scouts of America revoked the congregation's… read more

Treasure Bonus Materials

By Jacob Armstrong
Welcome to the online bonus materials accompanying the Treasure sermon series resource. To help you prepare your sermons and worship for this series, your purchase includes a free … read more

If the Internet Isn't Killing Religion, What Is?

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently that religion's decline in America coincided with the rise of the Internet. He theorized that the two may be connected… read more

Hobby Lobby and the First Amendment

By Martha Myre
A lot of discussion was generated on Facebook recently after I posted a story about Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby evidently pays a beginning wage that is 93% higher than the federally… read more

6 Ways Capitalism Fails the Church

By Morgan Guyton
The religion blog forum Patheos is hosting a Public Square conversation called "Has Capitalism Failed?" largely in response to Pope Francis' scathing critique of capitalism in his … read more

Throwing the Baby Out With the Baptism Water

By Tom Fuerst
A few weeks ago I baptized my first baby in my new church. I wanted everything to be perfect for the parents. They will never forget the moment when their first child gets… read more

Leadership for the Timid

By Dave Barnhart
I was never a big fan of business books on "leadership." They always seemed full of military and sports metaphors, and told stories of how, through grit and hard work, tribe A… read more
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