The speech of women

By Kira Schlesinger
The first time I preached a sermon to the congregation where I was doing my field education during Divinity School, I was terrified. Afterward, I received a lot of positive and… read more

The passion and resurrection of prayer

By Clifton Stringer
Have you ever noticed that the act of prayer is itself a sign and echo of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection? United Methodist theologian Stanley Hauerwas likes to tell… read more

Q&A with Rob Bell: Everything is spiritual

By Shane Raynor
Rob Bell is well-known in Christian circles as an author, pastor and the featured speaker from the popular short film series NOOMA. He created some controversy in 2011 when he… read more

Rape in our churches

By David Person
If there’s one good thing about the Bill Cosby rape and drug allegations, it’s that more Americans may now realize how common it is for a woman to be raped or… read more


By Melissa Spoelstra
In general, would you consider yourself an easily offended person? Consider the statement below that is closest to how you think others would describe you. Most things roll off… read more

Idol worship and the Confederate flag

By Laura Patterson
Dear fellow White Southern Christians, You, like me, have probably seen countless posts on social media from friends about the Confederate flag in the past few weeks. You may have … read more

Jesus, the anti-Jew?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Church, it’s time to go all the way in embracing the Jewish Jesus. Yes, Jesus is seen as a Jew in many pulpits and pews, but usually as an exception, an anomaly. In too many … read more

Worship: Well-crafted, authentic and substantive

By Allan R. Bevere
Being involved in discussions on what makes for good worship is an interesting experience. What I find in the midst of the back and forth banter is that the dialogue most often is … read more

Fighting the fires of racism

By Justin Coleman
The hashtag #ThisIsWORR is joining the list of hashtags such as #BlackLivesMatter and #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches meant to encourage sober reflection and just action in solidarity… read more

Leadership and the discipline of silence

By C. Kavin Rowe
This was first published in Faith & Leadership. We are awash in words. Never before in the history of the human race have so many words been so widely thrown about and with… read more

Does God still heal the sick?

By Zack Hunt
Yesterday I got an email alert about a comment left on a post that I have to confess I don’t even remember writing. I mean, my name is on it, and after… read more

Get over it Christian pastors: You are not being persecuted

By Christy Thomas
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads this way: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free… read more
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