After Ferguson, churches must confess the sin of abandonment

By Carl W. Kenney / Religion News Service
(RNS) The ride to the church seemed too short to give me time to unleash all those tears. I had to preach. What would I say? How do you preach what you feel when you’re one… read more

James Foley’s parents draw on faith after son’s execution

By Melanie Eversley / USA Today
(RNS) They’ve done this before. Once again, John and Diane Foley appeared on national television Wednesday (Aug. 20), to speak in clear and deliberate voices about their… read more

Bishop Palmer speaks out about Ferguson crisis

By Gregory V. Palmer, Brian Milford
United Methodist Bishop Gregory Palmer and Brian Milford discuss the shooting of Michael Brown, the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and justice and race issues as they relate … read more

Questions

By Don Underwood
From January 1946 to September 1947, the great American fiction writer Flannery O'Connor kept a prayer journal. A practicing Roman Catholic from Savannah, Georgia, she had, at age … read more

After evangelical virgin guys marry, then what?

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) For decades, evangelical leaders have touted “virginity pledges” as a way for teens and young adults to “save themselves for marriage.” But what… read more

Ferguson, ISIS, and the problem with American news

By Shane Raynor
I was up much too late watching television last night. I have five news channels, and when major events are taking place around the world, you’ll usually find me switching… read more

The other narrative about Ferguson, Mo.

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) Left to their own devices, residents and officials of Ferguson, Mo., probably could have sorted out the shooting of an unarmed teenager for the apparent crime of… read more

5 keys to effective sermon preparation

By Chad Brooks
Welcome to sermon preparation month! In August I am focusing both episodes on sermon preparation. This is the topic I have been hearing about the most and I am want to share… read more

Interview with Bishop Ken Carter

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., Shane Raynor
Bishop Ken Carter and Shane Raynor discuss the United Methodist Church, schism, the "local option," General Conference 2016, and the need for a coherent social teaching. read more

At church rally, community pours out support for Michael Brown’s family

By Lilly Fowler / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton told a packed church on Sunday (Aug. 17) that the Michael Brown case would mark a defining moment in civil rights… read more

Read ‘Revival’ with us

By Shane Raynor
Calling all Wesley “enthusiasts.” We're reading through Adam Hamilton’s “Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It” on Ministry Matters. If you’d like… read more

You'll find what you're looking for

By Joseph Yoo
There's a wonderful midrash about two Israelite men, Reuven and Shimon who were present when God, through Moses, parted the Red Sea. As the Israelites were walking across the Red… read more
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