In praise of small churches

By Kira Schlesinger
While I was in Divinity School and throughout my discernment process for ordination, my one prayer was, “Please God, do not let me end up a solo clergyperson in a small … read more

Don't blame Planned Parenthood for our abortion culture

By David Gushee / Religion News Service
(RNS) If you were repulsed by the viral video of Planned Parenthood discussing shipping fetal tissue to medical research labs, you're not alone. But you know who is really… read more

Crush Planned Parenthood

By Kirsten Powers / USA Today
Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards apologized last week for the uncompassionate tone her senior director of medical research, Deborah Nucatola, used to explain the process by … read more

Why Franklin Graham is wrong — and right — about Islam

By Shane Raynor
When I saw Franklin Graham’s Facebook post last Friday about Muslims and immigration, I wondered how long it would take the news media to fire up the outrage brigade. It… read more

That time Harper Lee put a mirror up and made us face our true selves

By Ben Gosden
A lot of ink has been spilled (or digitally typed, I suppose) about Harper Lee’s new (old) book, "Go Set a Watchman." Supposedly, this was the original book she submitted… read more

Lawmakers call for probes into Planned Parenthood video allegations

By Jennifer Calfas / USA Today
Lawmakers are calling for investigations into a health care provider that has come under fire by anti-abortion activists for allegedly selling fetal organs for profit. The… read more

A Methodist reading of ‘Go Set a Watchman’

By Will Willimon / United Methodist News Service
Jemson was Methodist of the whole cloth: he was notoriously short on theology and a mile long on good works — from “Go Set a Watchman,” by Harper Lee One of the… read more

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
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