That sign

By Paul T. Stallsworth
Since 1987, I have attempted to witness to the Gospel of Life within The United Methodist Church. Every January 22 (or a nearby date), I have gathered with my fellow members of… read more

Drones make war too easy, too remote, faith leaders say

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) For the Obama administration and the Bush administration before it, drone strikes kill terrorists before terrorists can kill innocents, and the strikes keep… read more

Sermon Options: March 15, 2015

By Ministry Matters
Patience for the Way Numbers 21:4-9 We are inching our way toward Easter. We are impatient and want to get there now! In some respects we are like God’s people in… read more

Read the signs

By Victoria Atkinson White
Numbers 21:4-9 On a recent road trip, my three-year-old niece Maya was driving her parents crazy. She needed juice, followed by a cookie, and then she needed to go to the… read more

Who is invited to the party?

By Mike Slaughter
One of my favorite descriptions of God that Jesus shared was as a God who loves to throw parties. As a matter of fact Jesus was criticized by the religiously correct for eating… read more

Pope Francis: A Christian who does not protect creation ‘does not care about the work of God’

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) If you are a Christian, protecting the environment is part of your identity, not an ideological option, Pope Francis said Monday (Feb. 9). “When we hear… read more

How big is your Jesus?

By William O. “Bud” Reeves
Recently my seminary alma mater, Duke University, generated controversy by announcing that they would let their Muslim student organization use the Duke Chapel tower to call… read more

Charlie Hebdo, free speech and peacemaking

By Peter Surran
The French 9/11? On January 7, 2015, two gunmen stormed into the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine in Paris, France, and killed 12 people, many of them cartoonists… read more

Executions are down and abolition may not be far behind

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) It looks like the death penalty may be on life support. January was set to be the deadliest month for U.S. executions in 2015, but nine of the 15 executions were stopped. In … read more

Grace and 'Groundhog Day'

By Mark Lockard
Every year, without fail, I watch “Groundhog Day” — the perfect, masterful Bill Murray flick — on Groundhog Day. Yesterday, I didn’t. I … read more

Rejecting conversion therapy, accepting love

By Sarah Grove
As a queer theologian, I celebrate my sexual orientation as a beautiful facet of being created in the image of the Divine. Indeed, the culminating moment of coming out to myself… read more

In Egypt, atheists considered a ‘dangerous development’

By Sarah Lynch / USA Today
CAIRO (RNS) In Egypt, there is seemingly no place where atheists or those thought to be nonbelievers are safe. They’ve been targeted at cafes, harassed on the streets and… read more
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