Clergywomen aren't equal; now what?

By Kira Schlesinger
Last week, Jared Mauldin’s public letter to his women engineering classmates went viral. In it, he claims that women and men are not equal, not due to their ability but… read more

A word of encouragement to pastors during Pastor Appreciation Month

By Ron Edmondson
I came into ministry later in life, after over 20 years in the business world. Maybe this partly explains why, when I entered the ministry, I was surprised at how hard churches… read more

Anti-immigrant rhetoric can be deadly

By David Gushee / Religion News Service
(RNS) Some of this year's crop of politicians tell us that illegal or undocumented immigrants pose a deadly threat to our country. I say that anti-immigrant rhetoric is the more… read more

Ordain women? Vatican synod gets an unexpected proposal

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) The most controversial proposal floated so far at the high-level, high-stakes Vatican summit on church teachings on the family had nothing to do with gays or divorce, but… read more

Trump vs. church on immigration

By David Dorn
Donald Trump (among others) is talking a lot about immigration lately. But where should the church land on this issue? David Dorn is the Lead Contemporary Pastor for Marvin … read more

When tragedy strikes, partisan politicking offers cold comfort

By Trevin Wax / Religion News Service
(RNS) Less than 24 hours after a gunman began killing people at Umpqua Community College, our country’s political fires were raging at maximum intensity. President Obama was … read more

Billy Graham warns of fire and brimstone in ‘final’ book

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) In his latest book, evangelist Billy Graham declares that non-Christians are doomed to live in a fiery hell, a message his son said he has wanted to share for several … 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

What it means to take up your cross

By Dave Barnhart
When Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me,” his first followers probably did not hear it metaphorically. Crucifixion was reserved for enemies of the state, so … 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

For the always and newly divine Ms. Tickle

By Robert Benson
Teachers usually have no way of knowing that they have made a difference in a child’s life, even when they have made a dramatic one … A good teacher can give a child… read more
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