The living word and community renewal

By Roy I. Sano
A Personal Testimony Five hundred people were scheduled to come to San Francisco, California, for the 1980 National Convocation of Asian American United Methodists. Three of us… read more

As an artist

By Cary Gibson
As an artist, I find there is a physicality to the Gospel of Mark that connects with the physical act of making art. It’s a text that seems well suited to a creative… read more

Fallout from the sexual revolution

By Tom Lambrecht
How is the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage related to other opinions about sexual morality? That is a question explored by Mark Regnerus (associate professor of sociology… read more

Does Romans 9-11 teach Calvinist predestination?

By Ben Witherington
Does Romans 9-11 teach Calvinist predestination? Ben Witherington explains that Paul's aim is to refute the idea that God now favored the Romans, or Gentiles, rather than the… read more

Is James Foley a martyr? Brutal death sparks faith-based debate

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s… read more

More Christian than Jesus

By Dave Barnhart
Far be it from me to criticize Jesus, but he doesn’t always argue like a Christian. For one thing, like an internet troll, he uses distraction and ad hominem (personal)… read more

Not every sermon needs to mention Jesus

By Tom Fuerst
A few years ago I was preaching a sermon from an Old Testament text filled with lots of symbolism, cultural background, great theology, and, of course, misunderstanding. I walked… read more

Susanna Wesley, Adam Hamilton and our kids

By Clifton Stringer
Adam Hamilton's new book, “Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It,” appeared prominently on my radar screen after my friend Shane Raynor told me it is Hamilton's best book… read more

Mark Driscoll to step down while Mars Hill elders review charges

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) Seattle megachurch founder Mark Driscoll will step down for at least six weeks while Mars Hill reviews formal charges lodged against him from previous pastors. Returning… read more

When Christians rush to judgment

By Shane Raynor
How are Christians handling the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and the controversy surrounding Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle?   When… read more

After Ferguson, churches must confess the sin of abandonment

By Carl W. Kenney / Religion News Service
(RNS) The ride to the church seemed too short to give me time to unleash all those tears. I had to preach. What would I say? How do you preach what you feel when you’re one… read more

James Foley’s parents draw on faith after son’s execution

By Melanie Eversley / USA Today
(RNS) They’ve done this before. Once again, John and Diane Foley appeared on national television Wednesday (Aug. 20), to speak in clear and deliberate voices about their… read more
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