Interview with Bishop Ken Carter

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., Shane Raynor
Bishop Ken Carter and Shane Raynor discuss the United Methodist Church, schism, the "local option," General Conference 2016, and the need for a coherent social teaching. read more

At church rally, community pours out support for Michael Brown’s family

By Lilly Fowler / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton told a packed church on Sunday (Aug. 17) that the Michael Brown case would mark a defining moment in civil rights… read more

Read ‘Revival’ with us

By Shane Raynor
Calling all Wesley “enthusiasts.” We're reading through Adam Hamilton’s “Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It” on Ministry Matters. If you’d like… read more

You'll find what you're looking for

By Joseph Yoo
There's a wonderful midrash about two Israelite men, Reuven and Shimon who were present when God, through Moses, parted the Red Sea. As the Israelites were walking across the Red… read more

From grumble to humble

By Rob Fuquay
"Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Proverbs 12:18 NRSV Standing in line at Walgreens, a woman overheard a conversation. Another woman… read more

Reading Scripture like you're medieval

By Clifton Stringer
David Steinmetz joked that the group of scholars who assembled to write The Art of Reading Scripture – an interdisciplinary group of specialists including biblical scholars, … read more

The Way to a Nation's Heart

By Thomas R. Steagald
Exodus 12:1-14 Holidays are like every other day, only more so. People travel everyday; they just travel more for holidays. People have reunions every day, get together with… read more

Across America, silent vigils in Michael Brown’s memory

By Trevor Hughes / USA Today
(RNS) In cities large and small, people across America came together to silently remember Michael Brown, a teen none knew in life but whose death Saturday sparked a wave of unrest … read more

After the Ferguson protests, church volunteers pick up the pieces

By Lilly Fowler / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) On the fourth morning after Michael Brown’s death, residents from different parts of the region came together to pick up the pieces. Some were young… read more

At odds with Jesus

By Thomas R. Steagald
Matthew 16:21-28 Familiarity breeds contempt, the old saying goes, but to my mind the greater and more dangerous occasion of familiarity is indifference. We come to a text and we … read more

How to contextualize the gospel

By Russell West
If 70% of the world's population doesn't get its information through literacy, could it be that the methods we're using to reach them with the gospel need to be… read more

Has humanity entered a new depth of degradation?

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I read articles about murders in Iraq. It seems Islamic extremists in Syria are using beheadings and crucifixions to intimidate… read more
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