Ashes on ice: Celebrating Ash Wednesday at home

By Greg Moore
The weather is usually a safe topic of conversation. It’s an easy way to chat without having to talk about important matters. It’s the preferred way to break the ice… read more

Does God care if you give up chocolate?

By Mark Lockard
Lent begins tomorrow. If you’re like me, you’re running into the familiar wall of thinking about what Lent means and how to properly approach the season. Even in some… read more

Obama’s God talk ‘doesn’t stand a chance’ in a polarized America

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) After taking heat from the religious right for saying Christians and Muslims have all committed horrors in God’s name, President Obama is now angering the… read more

Pope Francis condemns Islamic State’s executions of Christians in Libya

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Monday (Feb. 16) denounced the brutal slayings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by militants linked to the Islamic State, saying “they… read more

Brian Williams and the nature of forgiveness

By Christy Thomas
Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief; Pastor, priest, newsman, chief … all have this in common: Each has the capacity to betray trust in profoundly public and private… read more

Beyond rhetoric to relationships in a multireligious world

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
Our daughter's best friend at UNC-Chapel Hill was a very bright young Muslim woman named Uzma Panjwani. Liz, our daughter, went to Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, Uzma… read more

A Seasonal Journey

By John D.I. Essick
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12 Perhaps no prophet is more representative of the Lenten season than Jeremiah, and no psalm more appropriate for repentance than Psalm 51… read more

Want to be happier, healthier and live longer?

By Courtney T Ball
Sounds good, right? Well, if you like that idea, let’s try this. Instead of just you being better off, what if we put you in a place where everyone is happier, healthier and … read more

A cloud of suspicion

By LinC (Living in Christ), Paul Bonner
The quickest way to take the air out of a trusted relationship is to lie or cheat. And when people don’t trust you, it’s difficult to overcome negative perception… read more

No joke

By Melissa Slocum, LinC (Living in Christ)
Increasingly it seems we are seeing more attacks on free speech around the world. For months terrorists groups like ISIS have been capturing journalists, holding them hostages for … read more

That sign

By Paul T. Stallsworth
Since 1987, I have attempted to witness to the Gospel of Life within The United Methodist Church. Every January 22 (or a nearby date), I have gathered with my fellow members of… read more

Drones make war too easy, too remote, faith leaders say

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) For the Obama administration and the Bush administration before it, drone strikes kill terrorists before terrorists can kill innocents, and the strikes keep… read more
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