Conservative Christians packed an electoral punch, but can they do it again in 2016?

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) Conservative Christians are taking credit for the Republican sweep of the U.S. Senate and GOP victories farther down the ticket in Tuesday’s midterm elections, and… read more

Why do you keep us in suspense?

By Matt Rawle
“Why do you keep us in suspense,” the crowd asked Jesus. “Tell us plainly if you are the Messiah.” Words are powerful. God used words to create everything… read more

Arguing the minors and missing the majors

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) Like other citizens of our free land, Christians tend to divide sharply, predictably and with heated language. We disagree about almost everything, from cultural norms to… read more

Wesley: A ‘man of one book’ and a thousand

By Clifton Stringer
The Lutheran pietist philosopher Johann Georg Hamann wrote these priceless Christian words: "The more edifying the speaker, the heavier his Galilean shibboleth weighs on our… read more

Wheaton College tackles the death penalty with Jesus in mind

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) On Thursday (Nov. 6), Wheaton, “the Harvard of Christian colleges,” is hosting a forum on the death penalty. But it’s not just any forum. It has potential… read more

What's in your jar?

By Ed Zinkiewicz
Turkey was a central theme in the last two blogs. I personally find the smell of turkey significant to unlocking memories of similar occasions stretching back through my childhood … read more

7 lies pastors believe

By Ron Edmondson
My heart is for the pastor. Maybe it stems from the fact that I spent years as a layperson—a deacon and Sunday school teacher—before becoming a pastor. I realize… read more

Brittany Maynard’s death: Does suffering have spiritual meaning?

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) When Brittany Maynard became the youthful face of the right-to-die movement, she brought to the public table several fierce debates. Some people wouldn’t… read more

5 ways to support your pastor's family

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
It’s no secret that the life of a pastor’s family is filled with unique challenges. There are few roles that mix work and family life as closely as pastoral ministry… read more

The impossibility of love

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
Luke 1:26-38 It is no accident that Mary takes center stage this time of year. Mary, so venerated by some Christians, so ignored by some Christians, so misunderstood by some… read more

Sermon Options: December 21, 2014

By Ministry Matters
Christmas Hope 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 David was a man of action. He had defeated Goliath and had outlived King Saul, succeeding him on the throne. David defeated all Israel's… read more

Let It Be!

By Travis Franklin
Luke 1:26-38 Luke identifies for us a common Advent story—the familiar work of God through the announcement of the angel and the somewhat surprised and confused response of… read more
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