3 times Jesus played fast and loose with Scripture

By Dave Barnhart
Jesus had some great rhetorical moments during his ministry on earth: the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6, and 7), polemic against religious hypocrites (Matthew 23), and some… read more

Sermon Options: January 17, 2016

By Ministry Matters
WHAT'S IN A NAME? ISAIAH 62:1-5 Prospective parents spend countless hours every year trying to decide on just the right name for an expected child. "A rose by any other name would … read more

God’s powerful promise!

By Robert Gorrell
Isaiah 62:1-5 During the First Gulf War, a young husband from our small-town church was called up to serve. While he was in Iraq his wife had a very public affair. Upon returning… read more

Caring for our common home

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
Our common home Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home was released in June 2015 and is getting much attention in and beyond the faith… read more

Did Marco miss Christmas?

By James A. Harnish
Where was God? Article VI of the Constitution is clear that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office.” That means that questionable… read more

Americans fear terrorism, mass shootings — and often Muslims as well

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Terrorism and mass shootings trouble an overwhelming number of Americans today, and the religious identity of the killers influences how they are viewed. A new survey… read more

An appeal to Christians in the United States

By William H. Willimon
Like many other United Methodists, I have been concerned by the barrage of political rhetoric we have been subjected to in the past few weeks. I’ve received some great… read more

Who would Jesus shoot — and why?

By Brandon Ambrosino / Religion News Service
(RNS) Evangelical voices have been quick on the draw to blast Jerry Falwell Jr. for his call to Liberty University students to tote concealed weapons to class in case of a terror… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Fear-based lives and health care disasters

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: One thing is abundantly clear as I read my newsfeed on social media and the 24-hour news cycle: Much of the world is in fear. When I think about fear in… read more

Welcoming the stranger

By Melissa Slocum
Shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, it was reported that one of the attackers had used a Syrian passport to gain access to Europe through Greece. While… read more

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry recovering from surgery

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) The new leader of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, is recovering from surgery to remove blood that had pooled beneath his skull, and expects to return… read more

Have yourself a very manly Christmas?

By Kira Schlesinger
Last week, the Diocese of Oxford published a blog post on how to make your Christmas services more “man-friendly” (the blog post has since been taken down, though you… read more
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