The harvest moon

By Robert Spain
Last night, I arrived home at about 7:30 p.m. Awaiting dinner with my wife, I perched myself in my well-worn, comfortable chair on my back porch. From this comfortable setting I… read more

Big churches, big bucks: Southern senior pastors take top salaries

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds. That’s one of the conclusions on churches and finances released… read more

I saw a man beheaded

By David Dorn
I recently saw a man beheaded at the hands of ISIS and it's changed the way I see the world. Related blog post: I saw a man beheaded today read more

3 Keys to engaging millennials on your ministry team

By Jolene Cassellius Erlacher
“It was just very, very hard at times,” Sean said of his first ministry position. “Pastor and I didn’t always see eye to eye, and we didn’t always… read more

Gay marriage supporters’ string of court victories broken in Louisiana

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
(RNS) The legal winning streak for same-sex marriage is over. A federal judge in Louisiana upheld that state’s prohibition on gay marriage Wednesday (Sept. 3) and belittled… read more

Bible Study: Week of October 5, 2014

By Keeping Holy Time
Old Testament: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 The centrality of today’s Old Testament lection to the identity and self-understanding of God’s people—Jewish and… read more

God with us

By Tracey Allred
Exodus 17:1-7 There are many parts of the Bible that I wish I could have experienced firsthand. I would love to meet individuals like Abraham, Esther, Samuel, Rahab, David, and so … read more

Non-negotiables

By Joseph Yoo
I’ve come a long way in my faith and my beliefs since high school. I was heavily influenced by the conservative, immigrant fundamental-esque beliefs. I no longer think… read more

Jesus and the gossip column

By Tom Fuerst
Certainly, the Bible and the stories it records are more complex than “literal” history, in a fundamentalist Christian sense of “literal.” And certainly… read more

After kidnapping schoolgirls, Boko Haram takes aim at churches in northeast Nigeria

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
NAIROBI, KENYA (RNS) Five months after Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in Nigeria’s Borno State, the Islamic extremist group has begun occupying churches in the… read more

Sermon Options: October 5, 2014

By Ministry Matters
Stop and Listen Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 It is to laugh. My father is being dragged—kicking and screaming—into the information age. The kicking and screaming part is… read more

What did God mean? (Talking Scripture with Paul)

By Clifton Stringer
Stanley Hauerwas, the great Methodist theologian, used to tell his students a story about the time St. Paul visited the Vatican. It went something like this. One day recently at… read more
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