United Methodists are shaped and transformed by Scripture

By Joel B. Green
For the heirs of John Wesley—I will call them “Methodists”—the central importance of scripture in the formation of God’s people is nonnegotiable… read more

When religion makes people worse

By David Gushee / Religion News Service
(RNS) Religion can do a great job helping believers discern right from wrong. Religion can help believers relate kindly and justly to other people. And religion can stiffen the… read more

Pope to stress broader conception of family

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis’ landmark text on the family, scheduled for release on Friday (April 8), is expected to encourage a more open attitude towards the… read more

Bishop Tom Bickerton: 'What are we fighting for?'

By Shane Raynor
In early December I visited with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton on the set here in Nashville where he was filming sessions for the DVD accompanying his new book What Are We Fighting… read more

United by faith

By Brent Lamberth
The 2016 presidential race has certainly led the people of the United States to become anything but united as one of the most hotly contested election races continues to divide… read more

The kindergarten stabbing

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
Many years ago, the director of my Sunday school once came to me with a problem. A girl in the third grade class felt isolated from all her peers. They ostracized her. She left… read more

Anybody here seen my old friend?

By James A. Harnish
A night to remember The news reports say that it was 48 years ago yesterday, but it lingers in my memory as if it were last year. I was a junior in college, running for Student… read more

Segregating ourselves

By Mike Slaughter
America is increasingly becoming a nation of great divides. We remain far too divided in terms of race relationships decades after the passage of the civil rights agreement… read more

Sexual ethics and the pro-LGBTQ argument within the United Methodist Church

By Dalton Rushing
The 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church is less than 40 days away, so the online chatter about hot-button issues is reaching a fever pitch. Predictably, it is… read more

Faith leaders ask candidates to give poor 'living wage'

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) On the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., dozens of faith leaders are calling for the U.S. presidential candidates to include a… read more

The recipe for doubt

By Adam Thomas
Both my first and last names come from the Bible. To be sure, a large portion of names used in the United States do, but many if not most of them do not share the dubious pedigree … read more


By Michael Jinkins
This article was previously published in October 2015 on the author’s blog, “Thinking Out Loud." Compromise has become a dirty word in America—maybe in the… read more
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