Straight outta Nazareth

By David Person
If a young Jesus could have been transported from ancient Galilee to the Compton, California, of the late 1980s, I don’t believe he would have been dealing drugs with Eric… read more

Giving up the ghost, Part I: God

By Kenneth J. Pruitt
In May, I called for a new theology of white allyship to accompany our new civil rights movement in the United States, inspired by the rallying cry that #BlackLivesMatter. This… read more

Trigger warning! The Bible may disturb your emotional health

By Trevin Wax / Religion News Service
(RNS) Before you read this article, be warned! You may come across something you disagree with, or an idea that makes you uncomfortable, or a statement that causes offense. Please … read more

The circle and the line

By Adam Thomas
Mark 9:30-37 Every day of my fourth grade year, my class lined up at the end of recess to go back inside. The bell rang, and we raced to our spots in the queue. But the race was… read more

On United Methodist catechisms

By Clifton Stringer
Pierre Tielhard de Chardin, the Jesuit philosopher and scientist, had faith in cosmic evolution toward an ultimate harmony he called the "Omega Point." He wrote, "Remain true to… read more

Doubt is not the enemy of faith

By Joseph Yoo
I ran into an old friend at a local coffee shop. We were very active in our youth ministry before my dad was relocated and we had to move. Almost 20 years later, we were talking… read more

Prisons in the United States

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Issues raised by the prison break in New York In June, David Sweat and Richard Matt, both convicted murderers, escaped from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in… read more

Overcoming shame with love

By Melissa Slocum
Recently several examples of parents shaming their children on social media have gone viral. Parents, bloggers and journalists have weighed in on both sides of the shaming debate. … read more

Sister Monica’s secret ministry to transgender people

By Renee K. Gadoua / Religion News Service
(RNS) Sister Monica lives alone in a small house at the edge of a Roman Catholic college run by a community of nuns. She doesn’t want to reveal the name of the town where… read more

The secret to amazing sermons

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
A few years ago I was putting my oldest daughter to sleep. She asked me what a rabbi does. Before I had the chance to answer fully, she told me she thought the answer was… read more

Before you post on social media about politics…

By David Dorn
Before you post on social media about next year's election, here's one important rule to follow. David Dorn is the Lead Contemporary Pastor for Marvin United Methodist… read more

Some pro-life activists return to an in-your-face approach

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) In recent years, up-and-coming leaders in the anti-abortion movement have been pushing for a kinder, gentler strategy for their "pro-life" campaign — an effort to win… read more
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