Across America, silent vigils in Michael Brown’s memory

By Trevor Hughes / USA Today
(RNS) In cities large and small, people across America came together to silently remember Michael Brown, a teen none knew in life but whose death Saturday sparked a wave of unrest … read more

After the Ferguson protests, church volunteers pick up the pieces

By Lilly Fowler / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) On the fourth morning after Michael Brown’s death, residents from different parts of the region came together to pick up the pieces. Some were young… read more

At odds with Jesus

By Thomas R. Steagald
Matthew 16:21-28 Familiarity breeds contempt, the old saying goes, but to my mind the greater and more dangerous occasion of familiarity is indifference. We come to a text and we … read more

How to contextualize the gospel

By Russell West
If 70% of the world's population doesn't get its information through literacy, could it be that the methods we're using to reach them with the gospel need to be… read more

Has humanity entered a new depth of degradation?

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. It seems Islamic extremists in Syria are using beheadings and crucifixions to intimidate… read more

Someone tell the president: Iraqi Christians are dying

By Kirsten Powers / USA Today
(RNS) It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results have been deadly. On June 10, … read more

The heart of the matter

By David C. Hockett
Matthew 16:13-20 “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Jesus puts the question directly to his disciples. After asking what the crowds say about him—the… read more

Looking to the Rocks

By Linda McKinnish Bridges
Isaiah 51:1-6 The Chinese wedding was about to begin in the family home. We had been invited as special guests to an intimate family gathering. We gathered with the family in the … read more

Me, Myselfie, and I

By Rose Taylor
Society has been bombarded with selfies! They are everywhere: media, social media, schools, hospitals, churches, weddings, funerals, picnics, even . . . the restrooms. There is… read more

7 easy ways to put a ‘Not Welcome’ sign on your church

By Ron Edmondson
I was running recently on a route I’ve run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too “good” not to stop and take a picture with my … read more

My top 10 must-haves for college students

By Dan Boone
Ah, August. Summer’s winding down as retail store aisles fill up with pencils, markers, and glue. Ask any parent what’s top of their mind these days and I guarantee… read more

Praying with the imagination

By Kasey Hitt
Consider this: Everything that has ever been created was once imagined. The imagination is a powerful, often overlooked, gift from God for creating loving relationships with God… read more
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