Review: 'Me and We: God's New Social Gospel'

By Dottie Escobedo-Frank
Leonard Sweet tackles a topic dear to the hearts of many church leaders when he addresses the foils and follies, as well as the gifts and graces, of the “social… read more

Preacher Prep: Second Sunday in Lent

By Sally A. Brown, Cynthia L. Rigby
The following is an excerpt from the Abingdon Theological Companion to the Lectionary, available from  Second Sunday in Lent The Lessons in… read more

No More Sides!

By Steve Harper
This article is excerpted from the 2014 Abingdon Press book For the Sake of the Bride, which is about using the roundtable to settle church disputes.Jesus was able to make friends … read more

Trust God: In Loving Memory of Bishop Rueben P. Job, February 7, 1928 — January 3, 2015

By Neil M. Alexander
Bishop Rueben P. Job helped many of us give ourselves to lives of prayer, which takes us into active engagement with God’s leading, prodding, and sanctifying love. He is… read more

Sermon Options: March 8, 2015

By Ministry Matters
Principles for Quality Living Exodus 20:1-17 These timeless commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai en route to the Promised Land. They have never lost their relevance… read more

Chargeable Offenses and Complaints

By Joe E. Pennel, Jr.
I am thankful that The United Methodist Church, unlike many denominations, has a process for handling complaints brought against clergy. Our procedures are informed by the… read more

Holy Conversation

By Circuit Rider
 How do you think clergy and annual conferences should negotiate the tension between accountability to church law and a refusal to conform? Here are … read more


By Brian Milford
Eugene Peterson’s contributions to theology and practice are assessed by several essays in Pastoral Work: Engagements with the Vision of Eugene Peterson (Cascade Books… read more

What Christians could learn from rabbis and science fiction

By Dave Barnhart
“A mine accident leaves five miners alive but trapped with a dwindling supply of oxygen. A wall of rubble separates you from them. Trapped under the rubble is another miner. … read more

The tragic gap: On being an Advent and Lent people

By Autumn Dennis
This article was originally published at Inspire to Conspire. Used with permission.  Currently, we’re in the season of Epiphany. When I think of Epiphany, images of… read more

Religious and secular advocates urge IRS to clarify rules on political endorsements from the pulpit

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious and secular advocacy groups jointly called Thursday (Jan. 29) for greater clarity by the Internal Revenue Service regarding nonprofits and political… read more

Are miracles real?

By Katie Shockley
What is a miracle? On Friday, January 2, 2015, the plane carrying the Gutzler family from Key West, Florida, to their home in Mount Vernon, Illinois, crashed in the deep woods of… read more
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