God beyond gender

By Kira Schlesinger
While we know that our human capacity for language necessarily falls flat when describing and defining the divine, for most of Christian history that language has been almost… read more

Evangelicalism and universal salvation

By Clifton Stringer
Many Ministry Matters readers will remember when, in 2011, Rob Bell's book Love Wins raised the profile of the intra-Christian debate about universal salvation. This is a… read more

How not to covet

By Joseph Yoo
I try to not to covet, as it is the tenth commandment. But every time Apple releases a new product (or anyone rolls out anything new, really) my want somehow turns into need… read more

The power of giving

By Samantha Tidball
On Wednesday, January 14, 2016, millions of ticket holders held their breath as numbers were announced for the winner of the $1.6 billion jackpot. This was the highest drawing in… read more

AME Church founder honored with postage stamp

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Richard Allen, the first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be honored with a U.S. postage stamp commemorating his leadership of the historically black… read more

Life, death and entering midlife crisis territory

By Tom Fuerst
I’m turning 36 in a few days. I’m passing from that line of young adult to dude-who-is-about-to-have-a-midlife-crisis territory. And it’s scary. It’s not… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Facebook fights and prayers for the dead

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I’m torn between being reactive and being Christian and taking the ‘high road’. My predicament. Last night as I reviewed my Facebook news … read more

Pastor’s 'My Muslim Problem' post draws many readers

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
The Rev. Omar Rikabi likes to write. A few weeks ago, he composed an essay, giving it the slyly provocative title “My Muslim Problem.” Gentle in tone, the piece draws… read more

Trump is a huge 'loser' with GOP Protestant pastors

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Donald Trump, who loves to call others "losers," is a big one himself in a new survey of U.S. Protestant pastors. When LifeWay Research, an evangelical polling group, asked… read more

The problem with "being fed"

By Emily Reeves Grammer
There is a phrase tossed around by church people these days, and it bothers me. I hear it often when people decide to leave my church, or, alternatively, when they are discussing… read more

Bishop warns: Lord’s Resistance Army re-emerging in Central African Republic

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
(RNS) A senior Roman Catholic bishop in the Central African Republic is warning that the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel force that killed more than 100,000 people in… read more

Biblical marriage

By Steve Harper
As a person who seeks to be a responsible student (notice I did not say “expert scholar”) when exploring topics of interest and importance, the recent sanctions of the … read more
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