The trouble with the truth

By Shane Raynor, Rob Renfroe
How should we balance truth and grace? Shane Raynor interviews Rob Renfroe, president of Good News, a national organization committed to the doctrinal integrity and spiritual… read more

Dressing down for church

By Tom Fuerst
Why we need fewer robes and suits and more sackloth and ashes A few days ago my friend Carter was on his way to what I think was his ordination with the United Methodist Church in … read more

How to hear God’s voice and not be institutionalized

By Rich Jones
“Pastor, God told me you should . . .” So, has anyone ever said to you that God spoke to them? I guess it’s an occupational hazard for me. Over the last several… read more

Games: play frequently

By Barbara Bruce
The quote above has been attributed to several people, but most of my searching attributes it to George Bernard Shaw. Think about the quote. Do you still play? If so, what… read more

A guide to retreat

By Rueben P. Job
The house of my soul is too narrow for Thee to come in; let it bee enlarged by Thee. It is in ruins. Do Thou restore it. —Augustine I have observed and practiced ministry… read more

What's a pastor to do?

By Mike Coyner
Three newsworthy developments in the past week have left many of our United Methodist clergy wondering "what's a pastor to do?" regarding the issue of same-gender marriage. In… read more

How to capture an idea before you lose it

By Len Wilson
Have you ever heard the old saying, “He’s forgotten more about that than you’ll ever learn”? I sometimes feel that way about ideas. I have been given, and… read more

Giving treasure back to God

By Jacob Armstrong
Whether you are in plenty or in want, money has a direct connection to your values, your faith, and the health of your relationships. It's no wonder that in the Sermon on the… read more

World Vision tries to shore up its evangelical base

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
World Vision tested evangelical boundaries three months ago when it announced it would allow its employees to be in same-sex marriages. The policy was short-lived; the relief… read more

Local and implicit liturgies

By Dave Barnhart
Language is not always about communicating ideas. Language is often performance. We indicate who we are, to which tribes we belong, and what sorts of values we hold. We often do… read more

Immortality, death and desire (part 1 of 2)

By Clifton Stringer
In the course of the years, the human family has seen no shortage of plots and plans about how to prolong human life indefinitely. Ray Kurzweil's is one of these. In the words of… read more

United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer reinstated on appeal

By Renee K. Gadoua / Religion News Service
(RNS) In a surprising reversal, a Pennsylvania pastor who was defrocked last year for violating United Methodist law after he officiated at his son’s same-sex wedding has… read more
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