Teaching to Reality Not Our Assumptions

By Ed Trimmer
Just back from doing a weekend training event with lay people, certified lay ministry candidates, local pastors, and pastors serving United Methodist churches who are not United… read more

The Prayer of Prayers 4

By Simon Peter Iredale
Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. The power of those simple words 'daily bread' as we reflect upon them seems… read more

New Medieval Bible Meditation: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

By Clifton Stringer
Fourth Sunday in LentMarch 30, 2014 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (Revised Common & Episcopal); 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 (Roman Catholic) At the literal level, this scripture tells the… read more

Losing Jesus?

By John D.I. Essick
John 20:1-18 The last few days have seemed like an eternity as we've reflected on final meals, footwashings, betrayals, brutal beatings, crucifixion, and preparation of Jesus'… read more

St. Patrick's Backstory

By Andrea Murdock
March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. You know, the day when people celebrate being Irish, or pretend to be Irish by wearing green clothes, shamrock glasses, and eating and drinking to … read more

Minimum Wage and Faith

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Minimum Wage Report Predicts Mixed Impact on Workers The federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, was last raised in 2009. As the 2014 congressional elections approach… read more

‘Homeless Jesus’ Provokes Debate on What It Means to Be Christian

By Ken Garfield
DAVIDSON, N.C. (RNS) In a small college town 20 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., "Homeless Jesus" is provoking more conversation than a month of Sunday sermons. The life-size… read more

On Telling Gay Persons to "Go and Sin No More"

By Tom Fuerst
Being a self-identified, Bible-loving evangelical, I am often asked how conservative Christians should relate to the LGBT community. Despite my general lack of interest in these… read more

God So Loved

By Jerrod Hugenot
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life." I have trouble with memorization… read more

Survey Finds Growth, Vitality in Multisite Church Model

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) The vast majority of multisite churches are growing, according to a new study, and they are seeing more involvement from lay people and newcomers after they open an… read more

Introducing Change

By Ed Trimmer
When should change be initiated in a local church? Perhaps you have heard the adage you should wait at least a year until you get to know the people. I find, especially as an… read more

New Medieval Bible Meditation: Abram and Christ

By Clifton Stringer
Second Sunday in Lent Genesis 12:1-4 (Roman Catholic); Genesis 12:1-4a (Revised Common); Genesis 12:1-8 (Episcopal) At the literal level, this Scripture shows God's election and… read more
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