Politics, religion and the heartbreak of abortion

By James C. Howell
When it comes to all the political combat in the past 40+ years over abortion, Parker Palmer’s wisdom helps us:  “Rage is simply one of the masks that… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Am I supposed to let someone hit me?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: The Bible says to turn the other cheek when I am affronted. How do such words apply in a world full of radicalism, threats, rampant murders, bigotry and… read more

Glad that's not me!

By Mandy England Cole
Mandy England Cole, pastor of Ginter Park Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, preaches the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector from Luke 18:9-14. This parable seems so … read more

Sermon Options: November 13, 2016

By Ministry Matters
LET'S GET BUSY 2 THESSALONIANS 3:6-13 We often admonish people to slow down and usually it is most appropriate. Some people, however, need to be told to hurry up. Some need to be… read more

It’s your choice

By Timothy L. Owings
Luke 21:5-19 A man was checking into a hotel some years ago when he noticed behind the counter what he took to be the hotel’s slogan: “There are no problems, only… read more

'Tis the season: Race and politics

By James C. Howell
A question many Americans will argue over is whether race should be “politicized.” In ways we may not realize, race is and always has been a profoundly political… read more

Race, justice and the church

By Gregory V. Palmer, Justin Coleman, F. Willis Johnson
On this episode of Ministry Matters Radio, Justin Coleman, F. Willis Johnson and Bishop Gregory Palmer discuss the church's role when it comes to race and justice issues in our… read more

I am not an obstacle to Christian unity

By Kira Schlesinger
As those who frequently read my writings on this site know, I write a lot about gender issues and the church, what it is like to be a woman in ministry, and the challenges and… read more

Great chasms

By Adam Thomas
This past summer marked the tenth anniversary of a fateful decision in my life. I had just started my hospital chaplaincy in Dallas and the two-year long relationship I expected… read more

'Tis the season: Politics and the poor

By James C. Howell
Shortly before his crucifixion, Jesus said “The poor will always be with you” (Mark 14:7). He wasn’t saying Therefore ignore them, or There’s… read more

'Tis the season: Who cares what the church stands for?

By James C. Howell
I have just completed two terms on my denomination’s General Board of Church & Society, our agency that strives to implement our Social Principles, through lobbying… read more

Elections, fear and trusting God

By Lindsey Foster Stringer
What a year this has been. In addition to atrocities that keep occurring both at home and abroad, we are approaching the peak of an election cycle that no one saw coming. I… read more
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