How about that pope?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
I recently attended a post-Yom Kippur meal designed to break the fast with the little Jewish community here in Casper, Wyoming. As we washed dishes and put away food, talk turned… read more

Where is our theology of life?

By Mark Lockard
It has been a violent week. Earlier this week, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the state of Georgia executed Kelly Gissendaner for her role in planning the… read more

When jail shift ends, he’s off to preach

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
Two weekends a month, the Rev. Bradley Barton works an overnight shift as a guard at Tygart Valley Regional Jail. He goes in at 8 p.m. Saturday and gets off at 8 a.m. Sunday. Then … read more

Churches step in after feds drop Fugitive Safe Surrender

By Heidi Hall / Religion News Service
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) The first people that fugitives encountered when they surrendered themselves on a humid September weekend weren’t cops, judges, marshals or anyone… read more

Rejecting our toxic work culture

By Kira Schlesinger
In her op-ed for the New York Times Sunday Review, Anne-Marie Slaughter argues that Americans face a particularly toxic work world and a culture of overwork, where those who can… read more

Q&A with Bishop Robert Schnase: ‘Just Say Yes!’

By Shane Raynor, Robert Schnase
I recently had the opportunity to connect with Robert Schnase, bishop of the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Schnase has just released Just Say… read more

Transforming how you pray before meetings

By Dave Barnhart
I’ve been in church for most of my life, so I’m used to starting meetings with a brief prayer or invocation. One of my friends calls it “the nod to God.”… read more

Sex, evolution and evangelical angst

By Marc Cortez
Every week I teach Christian teens about all kinds of issues: the gospel, the Bible, theology, poverty, death, love, parents, suicide, abuse and more. In other words, we talk… read more

Who is Pope Francis? Insights on the remarkable life of a historic pontiff

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) Who is Pope Francis? A reformer? A radical? A revolutionary? He has been called all of these things since he was the surprise choice of the cardinals at the Vatican conclave … read more

Fighting the system: The aging body and the aging UMC

By Christy Thomas
Like just about everyone I know, I am in a constant battle with my body’s survival desire to put on weight. Vanity drives my battle. Cellular memory and human history drives … read more

Why are so many Americans not online?

By Katie Shockley
A shock My first Sunday at a new church brought an unanticipated shock. As I asked the congregation to register their attendance, I requested that the members write down their… read more

Proposal to loosen Anglican Communion ties draws mixed responses

By Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A proposal to loosen the ties of the bitterly divided Anglican Communion drew mostly favorable reactions in Britain, while African prelates said they… read more
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