'Tis the season: Christian citizenship

By James C. Howell
Read Rev. Howell's previous 'Tis the Season articles covering the 2016 election here. I’ve always been fond of Paul’s words from a prison in Rome, when he was… read more

More than a coach

By Tracey Allred
2 Timothy 1:1-14 My husband is a huge college basketball fan, spending most of his free time in the winter watching as many games as possible. Needless to say, over the years, I… read more

Sermon Options: October 2, 2016

By Ministry Matters
GUARDING THE TREASURE 2 TIMOTHY 1:1-14 Paul tells Timothy that he has been entrusted with a treasure. To entrust is to place a valued keepsake in another person's possession. As a … read more

The Christian intellectual tradition is alive and well

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) In 1947 and 1948, respectively, Christian scholars C.S. Lewis and Reinhold Niebuhr appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Since then, commentators have bemoaned the… read more

Are you a pastor or an artist?

By Todd Outcalt
Creativity is merely a plush name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better. —John Updike Leonard… read more

Standing on the shoulders of giants

By Rob Lee
The other day I was given a gift, a gift I had seen for almost a decade but never thought I’d receive for myself. I received a silver ring with the United Methodist cross… read more

'Tis the season: Does a candidate's faith matter?

By James C. Howell
Read Rev. Howell's previous 'Tis the Season articles covering the 2016 election here. I’ve always been intrigued by the way a candidate’s person faith matters in … read more

Still following Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Will Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School and a retired United Methodist bishop, preaches a sermon from Luke 14:25-33 titled "Still… read more

Progressives embrace religious liberty for their own causes

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) Religious liberty has often been a thorn in the side of progressives, especially when it’s used by conservatives to defend everything from Christians-only clubs on… read more

Church shoppers, preaching, pluralism and the Donald

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of News and Religion, the panel and I discuss a recent poll that shows the top qualities church shoppers are looking for. We also talk about pluralism in America… read more

'Tis the season: Character matters

By James C. Howell
Read Rev. Howell's previous 'Tis the Season articles covering the 2016 election here. Before we turn to the relationship of religion and politics, the separation of church… read more

Genesis, gender and justification

By Dave Barnhart
Eventually, nearly every child asks the adults in their lives, “What’s the difference between boys and girls?” Children see that there is a difference in our… read more
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