When we talk salvation, sexuality matters

By Cameron Merrill
In only a couple of weeks, most of us will sing one of our best songs: "Now in mystic union join, Thine to ours, and ours to Thine." Following the way the words run, the… read more

Is the War on Christmas over yet?

By Joseph Yoo
One of the most annoying things that come out of the Christmas season is the so-called “War on Christmas” narrative that dominates news and social media feeds. The… read more

Trump's xenophobia as a summons for sermons

By William H. Willimon
While America’s election of Donald Trump as president is probably a bad thing for America, it’s a great boon for us preachers. There we were, mired in a homiletic… read more

Safety pin or a cross?

By Kira Schlesinger
After a contentious election, in which racist, sexist, and xenophobic rhetoric was used, the number of hate incidents reported to the Southern Poverty Law Center rose sharply… read more

Sermon Options: January 1, 2017

By Ministry Matters
THANKSGIVING DAY Isaiah 63:7-9 In the United States, the last Thursday in November is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day. However, I would suggest that we also unofficially make the… read more

Turkey post-coup crackdown also targets U.S. Protestants

By Dominique Bonessi / Religion News Service
ISTANBUL (RNS) After a weeklong business trip abroad, American pastor Ryan Keating was detained at the airport overnight, interrogated and then put on a plane back to London… read more

Preaching on Race: Theology Rather Than Anthropology

By William H. Willimon
Preachers talk about God, a subject more interesting than our aches and pains, a higher calling than wasting time in the pulpit talking about sex, balance, anxiety, stress… read more

The Problem of Faith in a Violent World

By Mai-Anh Le Tran
“So, are you going to do something . . . ?” It was mid-August, 2014. I had just gotten back to St. Louis from New York City, and there I stood in a hair salon catching … read more

Fuller Theological Seminary students want a sanctuary campus

By Kirkland An / Religion News Service
(RNS) Fuller Theological Seminary has joined a growing list of schools where administrators are being pressed by students, alumni and faculty for designation as a sanctuary… read more

Should churches offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants?

By Shane Raynor
It’s hard to believe it’s been over 16 years since six-year-old Elian Gonzalez was seized from his Miami relatives by federal agents and returned to his father in… read more

Sermon Options: December 25, 2016

By Ministry Matters
The Beautiful Feet John 1:1-14 You’ll have to pardon my indulgence today, because I’m not going to talk about an angelic proclamation of the birth of our Lord, and we… read more

Looking Ahead to the Next Issue

By William H. Willimon
Looking ahead: April 2, 2017 John 11:1-45 April 9, 2017 Matthew 21:1-11 April 16, 2017 Matthew 28:1-10 April 23, 2017 John 20:19-31 April 30, 2017 Luke 24:13-35 May 7, 2017 John… read more
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