Gay, Christian and ... celibate: The changing face of the homosexuality debate

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical… read more

Thinking outside the box for pastoral leadership?

By Ed Trimmer
Who is providing pastoral leadership in United Methodist churches? Many of us think that seminary educated elders are providing the pastoral leadership, but here in the Tennessee… read more

A brief moment but a long look

By Linda McKinnish Bridges
Genesis 45:1-15 A few years ago my husband and I visited our son, Kyle, a first-year college student. We had left him months earlier as a young, first-year student excited about… read more

‘Rock star’ pastors lose their luster

By Tom Krattenmaker / USA Today
(RNS) It’s not easy being a celebrity pastor these days with that pesky Internet around. Consider the struggles of Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Faced with… read more

Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It

By Adam Hamilton
In every Christian’s life, spiritual vitality or passion wanes over time. This is actually true in all aspects of our lives. In marriage, we slowly find that the fire… read more

Juvenile detention: Why we need alternatives

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Making the Problem Worse? Journalist Nell Bernstein’s new book, “Burning Down the House,” draws from hundreds of interviews with young people in juvenile… read more

Stories of pastoral counseling

By M. Kathryn Armistead
If I preach inspiring sermons, teach like Paul, and have the wisdom of Solomon, but I don’t have love, my ministry is nothing. If I bring in hundreds of new members and… read more

Mommy, minister and unmarried: Single mothers in the pulpit

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birthday and the tick-tock of… read more

Evangelical versus liturgical: defying a worship dichotomy

By Melanie Ross
From the Foreword by Mark A. Noll . . . This book, though presenting its research calmly and moving carefully to thoughtful conclusions, has been written by an author with a… read more

Is anyone answering Iraqi Christians’ cries for help?

By Kirsten Powers / USA Today
(RNS) Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country’s second largest city of Mosul in early June, the Islamic… read more

Does Romans 7 teach that Christians will continue sinning?

By Ben Witherington
Some point to Romans 7 as the proof-text for the saint-sinner paradox, suggesting that if even the apostle Paul struggled with his unrelenting flesh, Christians must face defeat… read more

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
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