Our response to brokenness

By Courtney T Ball
I heard angry yelling coming from the street outside. Up to that point, it had been a relaxing Saturday morning in the summer. I walked out onto my front porch to see what was… read more

Ending our nation’s addiction to torture

By Ron Stief
(RNS) The sickening details of the CIA’s immoral torture program have been laid bare with the release Tuesday (Dec. 9) of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture… read more

Selfish or sacrificial?

By LinC (Living in Christ), Tiffany Manning
Over the past two years, the award-winning “Hunger Games” films have captured the attention of moviegoers of all ages. This trilogy is based on an act of sacrifice:… read more

Methodist constructive theology

By Sarah Heaner Lancaster
When I was a student, one of my professors tried to explain to us what our education was for. He said something like this: “A pedantic person thinks only what other minds… read more

Review: ‘Tolkien’

By Randall Hardman
I first became a lover of Tolkien's Middle-earth in the fall prior to the release of the film adaption of “The Fellowship of the Ring.” I had received for my birthday… read more

What’s in a name? The image of God

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) There is power in a name. One of the things happening in our world right now is that people are “naming” injustice. No longer are we just talking about… read more

How self-understanding might help us quit shouting

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) A simple Internet transaction today opened my eyes. I just signed up for a time-tracking app called Toggl. Not because I was having trouble keeping track of work time and… read more

How to identify constructive criticism

By Ron Edmondson
Constructive: Serving a useful purpose; tending to build up.Criticism: The act of passing judgment as to the merits of anything. Constructive criticism You’ve… read more

Mary's window

By Steve Harper
Imagine an ordinary day in your life — business as usual — except for one thing: You are visited by an angel. Whoa! So much for the ordinary day. That’s exactly… read more

After Ferguson and Eric Garner decisions, white Christians say it’s time to stand with blacks

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) “African-American brothers and sisters, especially brothers, in this country are more likely to be arrested, more likely to be executed, more likely to be… read more

Christians got big ole buts

By Joseph Yoo
I remember a seminary class where our professor once told us to leave our buts out of our apology. I'm glad he clarified what he said because I was getting weird mental images. He … read more

‘The Red Tent’: A bloody tale with a timely twist

By Jeffrey Salkin / Religion News Service
(RNS) In the beginning, there was “Noah.” Coming up, there’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” an update of Cecil B. DeMille’s classic for this… read more
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