Slain S.C. pastor Clementa Pinckney was ‘a giant, a legend’

By Matthew Diebel / USA Today
(RNS) "He was a giant, a legend, a moral compass." Those are the words used by fellow state senator Marlon Kimpson on CNN Thursday morning to describe the Rev. Clementa Pinckney… read more

Heaven in 5 easy clicks

By Laurie Haller
God so loved the world. Click. That He gave His only Son. Click. That whoever believes in him. Click. Shall not perish. Click. But have everlasting life. Click. What do I have to… read more

A good father

By Matt Rawle
What does it mean to be a good father? What does it mean to be a bad father? Let me first offer some assumptions about fatherhood so that I neither lead you astray nor steal away… read more

Who would Jesus publicly shame?

By Kira Schlesinger
A few weeks ago, a member of a large, triathlon-centered Facebook group of which I am a part posted a screenshot of a stranger’s Facebook post. She had taken a picture of a… read more

Dreaming of a day when fear is defeated

By Tom Fuerst
Before March 18, 2008, I didn’t fear death. I never thought about death. Death was distant, an abstraction, something that plagued other people. But it didn’t bother… read more

Children need heterosexual parents, says pope after gay pride march

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Sunday (June 14) stressed the importance of children having heterosexual parents, just a day after Rome’s gay pride march demonstrated the … read more

Why do we want to be stronger?

By Clifton Stringer
What do we mean when we say we want to be stronger? Theologian Adam Neder has thought about this, and has something profound to offer. "For most of us life is hard and we wish it… read more

Give me the good news

By Courtney T Ball
Good news can make you stronger. Early Christian storytellers knew this. They took the tragedy of their hero’s execution and turned it into a “good news” story… read more

Sermon Options: July 12, 2015

By Ministry Matters
An Essential Proposal 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 David’s attempt to restore worship, which had been in decline since Eli’s death, sought to involve the whole nation in… read more

Dancing Before the Lord

By J. Daniel Day
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 My problem with this story is that it belongs in someone else’s Bible, someone like my pentecostal relatives or someone whose DNA doesn’t match… read more

Hipster preacher lives his mother’s legacy

By David Person
The late televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker’s boy has done the unthinkable. Jay Bakker, pastor of Revolution Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has teamed up with lesbian… read more

You're in the middle

By Joseph Yoo
I discovered an album made by Duke Divinity grad Mike Whang called "Miles and Miles: Songs from the Strange and Foreign Land of North Carolina." The song that spoke to me was the… read more
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