Wesley: A ‘man of one book’ and a thousand

By Clifton Stringer
The Lutheran pietist philosopher Johann Georg Hamann wrote these priceless Christian words: "The more edifying the speaker, the heavier his Galilean shibboleth weighs on our… read more

Wheaton College tackles the death penalty with Jesus in mind

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) On Thursday (Nov. 6), Wheaton, “the Harvard of Christian colleges,” is hosting a forum on the death penalty. But it’s not just any forum. It has potential… read more

What's in your jar?

By Ed Zinkiewicz
Turkey was a central theme in the last two blogs. I personally find the smell of turkey significant to unlocking memories of similar occasions stretching back through my childhood … read more

7 lies pastors believe

By Ron Edmondson
My heart is for the pastor. Maybe it stems from the fact that I spent years as a layperson—a deacon and Sunday school teacher—before becoming a pastor. I realize… read more

Brittany Maynard’s death: Does suffering have spiritual meaning?

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) When Brittany Maynard became the youthful face of the right-to-die movement, she brought to the public table several fierce debates. Some people wouldn’t… read more

5 ways to support your pastor's family

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
It’s no secret that the life of a pastor’s family is filled with unique challenges. There are few roles that mix work and family life as closely as pastoral ministry… read more

The impossibility of love

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
Luke 1:26-38 It is no accident that Mary takes center stage this time of year. Mary, so venerated by some Christians, so ignored by some Christians, so misunderstood by some… read more

Sermon Options: December 21, 2014

By Sermon Options
Christmas Hope 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 David was a man of action. He had defeated Goliath and had outlived King Saul, succeeding him on the throne. David defeated all Israel's… read more

Let It Be!

By Travis Franklin
Luke 1:26-38 Luke identifies for us a common Advent story—the familiar work of God through the announcement of the angel and the somewhat surprised and confused response of… read more

We don't need more Christians

By Courtney T Ball
We've come a long way. In his day, Jesus was mocked, beaten, and publicly executed for his ministry. He was called a blaspheming treasonous criminal. Today, an empire similar to… read more

Pope Francis: The devil is real and don’t underestimate him

By Josephine McKenna / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) As millions of revelers around the world dress in ghoulish costumes to mark Halloween and the darker side of life, Pope Francis warned that the devil is no myth … read more

Does purgatory have a prayer with Protestants?

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) This Sunday (Nov. 2), on what is known as All Souls’ Day, Roman Catholics around the world will be praying for loved ones who have died and for all those who have… read more
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