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

Momentum busters

By Mike Slaughter
Often by the third week in January it is easy to lose momentum toward the new commitments we have made for 2016. We kicked off January at Ginghamsburg Church with a new message… read more

London bishop urges vicars to grow beards as way of reaching Muslims

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A senior bishop in the Church of England has blessed the idea that its vicars, or parish priests, should grow beards as a way of reaching out to this… read more

Helicopter parenting

By Jill M. Johnson
Affluenza teen and his mom If you pay attention to the news or social media, then you’ve probably heard of the “affluenza” teen who gained the spotlight again… read more

Why the Anglican-Episcopal clash may spell a theological revision

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) What’s next for the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion? The widening chasm was on full display recently as a meeting of Anglican primates voted to suspend the … read more

Edits that make sermons stronger

By Dave Barnhart
“Murder your darlings.” Creative gurus chant it like a mantra. Who said it first is not as important as this fact: Artists from film directors to novelists to poets… read more

Sermon Options: February 21, 2016

By Ministry Matters
THE RIGHT WORD  GENESIS 15:1-12, 17-18 I purchased another book, Thesaurus of Alternatives to Worn-Out Words and Phrases, to help me find the right word for every occasion… read more

The sin of the clergy pay gap

By Kira Schlesinger
Last week, my fellow clergy sisters and I were hit with a gut punch when the new information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was released. For the first time, clergy income… read more
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