The unheard cry of the rural poor

By Kitty Taylor
I am well-educated, gratefully-employed and poor. At 35, with a graduate degree under my belt and working for a non-profit organization that serves rural communities, I do not… read more

The one true King

By Andrea Murdock
On November 1, 2015, the Kansas City Royals won the Major League Baseball World Series. Thirty years since their last championship and one year since their… read more

Should refugees be vetted on the basis of religion?

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
ROME (RNS) Some anti-immigrant and conservative leaders in both Europe and the U.S. say refugees arriving from Syria should be considered potential terrorists… read more

Tithing our anger

By Dave Barnhart
Your anger is too valuable to waste. I will confess, there is something particularly smarmy and preacherly about telling people what to spend their anger on, as if we have a… read more

Shock, solidarity after Paris attacks

By Linda Bloom / United Methodist News Service
NEW YORK (UMNS) United Methodists and other religious leaders are expressing shock over the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and feelings of solidarity with the French people… read more

Justice and God's requirement

By Ray Speller
With what shall I come to the Lord and bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves?Does… read more

Remembering J. Ellsworth Kalas

By Mary Catherine Dean
Ellsworth Kalas was one of the good ones. He was warm, wonderful, a pleasure to hear from; a pleasure to be around. As his editor, I knew it was going to be a good day when I saw… read more

Sermon Options: December 20, 2015

By Ministry Matters
THE DYNAMICS OF EXPECTANCY MICAH 5:2-5a When the wise men told Herod the Great that a new king had been born within his realm, he was deeply disturbed because he knew of… read more

The time has come

By Thomas Lane Butts
Luke 1:39-56 The birth of Jesus is, no doubt, the most joyous and celebrated of all holidays in our culture. Families get together, gifts are exchanged, and a good time is usually … read more

Despair over continuing racial divide at University of Missouri

By Carl W. Kenney / Religion News Service
(RNS) My fingers seemed glued to the computer as I attempted to write about the University of Missouri. My writer’s block reflected feelings too deep to explore with a few… read more

Soul calming

By Steve Harper
The sign read, “Traffic Calming Ahead.” I had never seen a sign like that, so I wondered what was awaiting us around the corner as we neared the KOA campground we were … read more

Second fiddle

By Drew J. Gunnells Jr.
Luke 3:7-18 I read some time ago that Leonard Bernstein, director of the Philharmonic Orchestra for many years, was once asked what was the hardest instrument in the orchestra to… read more
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