I pledge allegiance to… Jesus Christ, his only begotten son, our Lord

By Tom Fuerst
For the last year, my wife and I have sent our son at least one day a week to a local church’s preschool program, where they work with him on his shapes, colors, letters… read more

Review: Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry

By Patricia Farris
“Now there are a variety of gifts,” Paul wrote. Robert Schnase is earnest in desiring that all those gifts be given life and voice for the life, health, and mission of … read more

Prescriptions for a growing church

By Bob Farr, Kay L. Kotan
In every church, the pastors and leaders say they desire their congregations to grow. Yet we struggle mightily with what appear to be some strong obstacles. We want our churches… read more

Who’s worshipping with YOU?

By Josh Davis, Nikki Lerner
Our world is changing and will continue to change at a rapid pace with regard to race. The 2010 US census was eye-opening to many as we began to realize how hard it is for people… read more

Getting desperate for good

By Tom Berlin
The Reverend Tim Ward, a pastor at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, is opening a second campus, Restoration Church, in Reston, Virginia. A new subway line… read more

Sexual abuse and the Christian response

By Mark Lockard
The important thing for the Christian church to remember about Josh Duggar’s sexual assault and the subsequent cover-up is this: it’s going to happen again.  Any… read more

Gay marriage debate shouldn’t be winner-take-all

By Robin Fretwell Wilson / USA Today
If the Supreme Court rules that there is a constitutional right to gay marriage, religious charities could be in for a big shock. Religious people who believe in marriage as it… read more

What millennials crave and how the church can relate

By Chris Folmsbee, Brad Hanna
It’s hard to keep up. It seems that every time we open our social media feeds, we are greeted with yet another article about how millennials are leaving the church. Most of… read more

Misunderstanding purpose

By Courtney T Ball
Why did you get out of bed this morning? My guess is your answer involves more than, “I got bored with lying there,” or, “I had to go to the bathroom.”… read more

Who are ‘the least of these’? Scholars say they may not be the poor

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) When asked to describe the essence of the Christian message, Mother Teresa would often hold up a child’s hand and recite Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40:… read more

When churches say no

By Robert Schnase
Why have people come to expect that the answer to anything new in the church is No? Perhaps it’s because the church sends a thousand subtle messages of being closed to new… read more

Wesley's lessons

By Roger Ross
“To reach people that no one is reaching you have to do things that no one is doing.” — Craig Groeschel Love makes you do crazy things. When my wife and I… read more
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