The headlong retreat into childhood partisanship

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
When I was a child, I lived in a black-and-white world of all-this or all-that. Humankind meant my family. The world meant my neighborhood. Religion meant my church. Politics… read more

Biblical obedience and a way forward

By Roy I. Sano, Paul Franklyn
Paul Franklyn interviews retired United Methodist Bishop Roy Sano about the UMC and the conversations surrounding same-sex marriage, homosexual practice, and biblical obedience… read more

Pope Francis apologizes for persecution of Pentecostals

By Josephine McKenna / Religion News Service
CASERTA, Italy (RNS) Pope Francis sought forgiveness for decades of persecution of Italian Pentecostals when he met with around 300 evangelicals from the U.S., Argentina and Italy … read more

The death penalty is never humane

By James Alan Fox / USA Today
(RNS) The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits punishments deemed to be cruel and unusual, a standard to which capital punishment does not rise, at least according to… read more

What does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?

By Clifton Stringer
God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24 NRSV) "What is worship in spirit and truth?" the preacher asked. His answer to his own… read more

Christians: There's only one side to pick in Israel vs. Palestine

By Matt Darvas
Right now the world’s press, social-media, Christian circles and church halls around the world are buzzing with the dangerous claims and accusations of influential pastors… read more

My problem with pluralism

By John Meunier
On Friday, I attended afternoon prayers at the local Islamic Center with my colleagues from CPE. After the prayers were over, one of the Muslim gentlemen came over to our group… read more

7 sermon mistakes

By Ed Trimmer
While I have been an ordained United Methodist preacher for almost forty years I spend more time listening to sermons than I do preaching them. I am in extension ministry and part … read more

Finding God in your Lucky Charms

By Tom Fuerst
A few weeks ago, I went into Walgreens to get a heating patch and some Bengay. After nearly a week of pain in my neck and shoulder and two chiropractor visits, I’d exhausted … read more

Quick links to the Research Library

By Ministry Matters
Quick links to the Research Library Here are just a few of the resources available... The New Interpreter's Bible One Volume CommentaryThe Abingdon New Testament Commentary:… read more

Rockets or not, Birthright still going to Israel

By Oren Dorell / USA Today
(RNS) Rocket fire from terrorists in Gaza may have scared off U.S. and European airlines, but Taglit-Birthright Israel is still sending thousands of young Jews to the famed summer … read more

Nursing home evangelism: Preaching at the last ‘bus stop to eternity’

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (RNS) Rhonda Rowe and her team gathered around a diagram of the nursing home’s floor plan and determined how to split up to avoid praying with anyone twice… read more
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