Pastor’s 'My Muslim Problem' post draws many readers

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
The Rev. Omar Rikabi likes to write. A few weeks ago, he composed an essay, giving it the slyly provocative title “My Muslim Problem.” Gentle in tone, the piece draws… read more

Sermon Options: March 13, 2016

By Ministry Matters
GETTING ON WITH THE FUTURE ISAIAH 43:16-21 The young recruit to the monastic order was warned of its severity, strictness, and vow of silence. At the end of ten years he was… read more

Trump is a huge 'loser' with GOP Protestant pastors

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Donald Trump, who loves to call others "losers," is a big one himself in a new survey of U.S. Protestant pastors. When LifeWay Research, an evangelical polling group, asked… read more

The problem with "being fed"

By Emily Reeves Grammer
There is a phrase tossed around by church people these days, and it bothers me. I hear it often when people decide to leave my church, or, alternatively, when they are discussing… read more

Bishop warns: Lord’s Resistance Army re-emerging in Central African Republic

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
(RNS) A senior Roman Catholic bishop in the Central African Republic is warning that the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel force that killed more than 100,000 people in… read more

Biblical marriage

By Steve Harper
As a person who seeks to be a responsible student (notice I did not say “expert scholar”) when exploring topics of interest and importance, the recent sanctions of the … read more

London bishop urges vicars to grow beards as way of reaching Muslims

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A senior bishop in the Church of England has blessed the idea that its vicars, or parish priests, should grow beards as a way of reaching out to this… read more

Helicopter parenting

By Jill M. Johnson
Affluenza teen and his mom If you pay attention to the news or social media, then you’ve probably heard of the “affluenza” teen who gained the spotlight again… read more

Why the Anglican-Episcopal clash may spell a theological revision

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) What’s next for the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion? The widening chasm was on full display recently as a meeting of Anglican primates voted to suspend the … read more

Edits that make sermons stronger

By Dave Barnhart
“Murder your darlings.” Creative gurus chant it like a mantra. Who said it first is not as important as this fact: Artists from film directors to novelists to poets… read more

Sermon Options: March 6, 2016

By Ministry Matters
SUSPENDED JOY JOSHUA 5:9-12 Have your ever lost something? The wilderness had taken its toll on the people of God. For forty years Israel has been a transient nation, wandering… read more

Ministries and Messages

By Thomas R. Steagald
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 “Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and who seek to live in peace with one another.” Every … read more
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