April 17, 2016 - Easter Continued

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: It’s not every day that someone who is dead is brought back to life. Jesus Christ resuscitated Lazarus and a couple of others, and now Peter is out in … read more

April 10, 2016 - God Calling

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: The “conversion” of Saul-become-Paul in Acts 9 is a paradigmatic story of divine vocation. Counter to many of our sermons on this text, Saul was … read more

When you really want to wear a mask to church

By Joseph Yoo
One Sunday, our five-year-old foster son wanted to wear his Ninja Turtle costume to church. “Not today, buddy. You can’t wear a mask to church.” While he and I… read more

How Scalia’s death affects key cases before the Supreme Court this year

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON — The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a major setback for the conservative legal movement, as will become clear in the months ahead. This was to… read more

Leadership, politics and the Bible

By Dave Barnhart
There are countless books written for clergy about leadership. In this season of political horse races, with each candidate portrayed as humanity’s best and last hope for… read more

Lamentation and cross-shaped leadership

By Alaina Kleinbeck
This was first published in Faith & Leadership. Church seasons can be slightly disorienting for those of us employed in Christian settings where the workflow does not follow… read more

South Carolina bill worries immigration advocates

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Evangelical advocates for immigration reform are concerned that proposed South Carolina legislation will make it more difficult for faith groups to help refugees in the… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Idolatry and contrasting points of view

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: In Exodus, God hands down the Ten Commandments. The second commandment forbids any graven images. Later in the same book, God tells Moses how the… read more

A bone-crushing journey

By James A. Harnish
Remembering broken bones I’ve never had a broken bone, though as a pastor I’ve seen lots of other folks experience them. I know enough to know that it’s no fun… read more

On Ash Wednesday, I remember: I am a sinner. I will die

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Every year on Ash Wednesday, I seek out some member of the clergy to say those words to me. They come from the… read more

Episcopal church leader calls Anglican censure 'fair'

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is describing the recent censure of his church over allowing clergy to perform same-sex marriages as a "fair" move … read more

Love and addiction: An interview with Dr. Kent Dunnington

By Clifton Stringer
Recently I caught up with Dr. Kent Dunnington. Over the course of our conversation, he shared sharp and direct thoughts on faith, love, addiction, the future of Protestant… read more
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