Ash Wednesday doesn't need to sparkle

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) For nearly 1,500 years, Christians have observed Ash Wednesday with the smear of ashes in the shape of a cross on their foreheads, a biblical sign of repentance. The… read more

Be careful what you wish for

By Joseph Yoo
There are many things a church — particularly a declining church — wants. But they rarely ever think through how things might change if they actually get what they… read more

Preaching Ash Wednesday

By James C. Howell
Ash Wednesday preaching. It’s quiet, and brief. People come for the ashes, not a mountain of words. And yet we must preach. Perhaps such preaching should be poetic, and it… read more

The Johnson Amendment

By Mike Poteet
Targeting the Johnson Amendment During remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2, President Donald Trump pointed to “the right to worship according to our own… read more

Preaching Transfiguration

By James C. Howell
Here is a video of a sermon I preached on Matthew 17:1-9 three years ago, and this same text will be my focus here. If you're interested in the Psalter, check out… read more

What's wrong with being right

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
I can’t tell you how relieved I was to discover some 27 years ago, at the beginning of my journey to ordained ministry, that the United Methodist Church does not claim to be … read more

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Scientists ponder how to talk to the faithful about climate change

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) After sessions on gravitational waves, nuclear forensics and artificial intelligence, one of the world’s largest general science conferences invited attendees to hear… read more

Do we ignore, avoid or confront evil?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: There is evil in the world, at many levels, from government and business down to communities and ourselves. On encountering evil, what is our Christian… read more

Christian aid group lays off staff in wake of Trump’s executive order on refugees

By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
(RNS) World Relief has announced it will lay off more than 140 staff members and close five local offices as a "direct result" of President Trump's order to more than halve the… read more

Looking Ahead

By William H. Willimon
July 2, 2017 Genesis 22:1-14 July 9, 2017 Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 July 16, 2017 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23  July 23, 2017 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 July 30, 2017 Matthew 13:31-33… read more

June 25, 2017 - Lose Your Life and Live

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: The tenth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel begins with Jesus naming his twelve disciples and giving them instructions for their first missionary adventure. … read more
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