In Boston, engaging both sides of the church’s debate on gays

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
BOSTON (RNS) Only a few dozen worshippers attend Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist Church on a typical Sunday, but the historic church was once so prominent that legendary… read more

'House of Cards' and the perversion of friendship

By Cameron Merrill
"You know what Francis said to me when he proposed? I remember his exact words. He said, 'Claire, if all you want is happiness, say no. I'm not gonna give you a couple of kids and … read more

Our climate kairos moment

By Fletcher Harper
Recently, Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori labeled climate change denial "sinful."   This summer, Pope Francis will release an encyclical—an… read more

The Prius shall lie down with the pickup

By Christian Hawley
Today — Wednesday, April 22nd — a little church on the outskirts of Austin, Texas will celebrate the Feast Day of John Muir (founder of the Sierra Club) and… read more

They weren't supposed to teach you that in seminary

By Dave Barnhart
Every Sunday I hook up our church trailer and pull it to our venue. I back it up. (To make the trailer disappear in your side mirror, turn the wheel in that direction). I’ve … read more

Why you should stop obsessing over the end of the world

By Tom Fuerst
I want to write this post for everyone, no matter your particular view of the end times (what scholars call eschatology). I have voiced my thoughts on the end of the world to some … read more

Stations of the heart

By Richard Lischer
Seven years ago, on the thirteenth day of April, my son called to tell me his cancer had returned. He was a grown man, but he told me his news like a boy. He said, “Hey… read more

Mourning the dead sermon

By Rich Jones
There are days, thankfully only a few, when the sermon dies a tragic death somewhere between the pulpit and the pew, before it even reaches the ears of the congregation. What felt … read more

4 realities to help discern a vocational call to ministry

By Ron Edmondson
Discerning a call to vocational ministry can be a tiring and trying experience. I’ve had the privilege of speaking with numerous young people and couples who are possibly… read more

Music and spirituality

By Steve Harper
I am on thin ice. I do not read music, and I am not a trained musician. So, whatever I have to say about it arises more from intuition than from knowledge. But even with my… read more

5 arguments to watch as the Supreme Court considers gay marriage

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON — State bans on same-sex marriage have been justified based on judicial precedent, states’ rights, regulating procreation, optimal child-rearing and… read more

Living life abundantly

By Andrea Murdock, LinC (Living in Christ)
This coming Friday “The Age of Adaline” opens in movie theaters. In this story a young woman is blessed (cursed?) by the inability to age — or apparently to die… read more
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