The Ban

By Kyle Meier
I told a friend recently that my biggest fear these days is becoming a Pharisee. Pharisees were the people who opposed Jesus and eventually had him crucified. They were the… read more

'Alternative facts' and Christian truth

By David F. Watson
Lately I have been thinking a lot about the matter of “alternative facts.” While it hasn’t been named in exactly this way before, the phenomenon of… read more

The spiritual dangers of Calvinism and Arminianism

By Clifton Stringer
The argument on the ground between Calvinists and Arminians never goes away. As a Wesleyan Christian ordained in the United Methodist Church, I have lots of occasions to… read more

Martyrdom and Christian faith

By Peter Surran
Silence In the early 1950s, Japanese writer Shusaku Endo encountered an exhibit in the art museum in Nagasaki that challenged him and inspired him to write the book that’s… read more

Does an all-powerful God cause the innocent to suffer?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: One of my lectures was on innocent suffering and how that can occur in a world “governed” by an omniscient, omnipresent and all-good God. I… read more

Faithful discipleship in a time of turbulence

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
The core of the teaching of Jesus Christ is the Beatitudes. At the heart of these words, which frame the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), is a reversal of the… read more

God's light in our darkest moments

By Rob Lee
I’m a pastor and student of theology by trade. I have been briefed and taught in the ways of sitting at the bedside of sick patients in hospitals, and I have learned how… read more

Declining clergy influence, Spider-Man, Facebook and fake news

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of News and Religion: Are pastors losing credibility and influence in America? A new study says yes. Plus, another study suggests that Facebook makes us more… read more

Following Jesus and supporting Donald Trump are utterly irreconcilable

By Zack Hunt
He said his personal motto is “eye for an eye.” He unrepentantly declared he doesn’t ask for forgiveness. He said he want’s to bomb… read more

Should churches discuss politics?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
It’s on everyone’s minds. It’s all over the news. Millions of women took to the streets to make their voices heard. Should churches join in the political talk or … read more

Christians and fake news

By Dave Barnhart
The good old days When I was growing up, watching or listening to the evening news was a ritual in many households. People would tune in to the broadcasts of one of several (three … read more

Aim for excellence, not perfection

By Joseph Yoo
Occasionally it’s helpful to be reminded that “perfect is the enemy of good.” Sometimes our need to be perfect gets in the way of progress. We get so caught up… read more
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