Why I despair over Pakistan’s intractable blasphemy laws

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) Last September, as part of a journalism fellowship, I visited Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore, Pakistan, for Sunday Mass. Later I sat down with the barefoot priest to hear… read more

What changed after the resurrection?

By Zack Hunt
I know I should still be riding the wave of Easter excitement, but I have to confess something: The excitement didn’t really come this year for me. At least not like it … read more

From the particular to the universal

By Roberto L. Gómez
Acts 2:1-21 The concept of the Holy Spirit is always fascinating. There are many attempts to define it and describe it, but alas, all fall short. To use an ancient Latin phrase… read more

Sermon Options: Pentecost 2016

By Ministry Matters
GOD'S SECOND GIFT JOHN 14:8-17 (25-27) Jesus is God's greatest gift to the world (John 3:16) . But God wasn't through giving! In our text, Jesus, on his last night with his… read more

The one thing we must never do: Give up hope

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
Little kids can be stubborn, but sometimes my youngest daughter takes it to a new heights. Last year we arrived at a Baskin-Robbins 15 minutes after it had had closed. She… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: When will they pray? Good Friday meditations

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have visited a number of churches in the last few years. Often I wonder during the services, “When are they going to pray?” Every year on… read more

The risen Christ

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
God’s vindication of Jesus The new film Risen imagines what the Roman authorities’ investigation of Jesus’ disappearance from the tomb might have looked like… read more

The only free person: Jesus

By Drew McIntyre
The only truly free person who has ever lived is Jesus, the Christ, Son of God. In the 21st century West, we tend to think of freedom negatively as freedom from: from constraint… read more

Tullian Tchividjian on his firing: 'Sin is deep'

By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
(RNS) Tullian Tchividjian said he hopes his life can be a warning to others. The grandson of evangelist Billy Graham was fired from his latest post at Willow Creek Presbyterian… read more

The wonder of Easter

By Melissa Slocum
During the Christmas season, it is easy to experience a sense of wonder at the cradle of the newborn baby Jesus. But wonder is not usually the feeling with which we approach… read more

Addressing immigration issues at GC2016

By Kathy L. Gilbert / United Methodist News Service
Welcoming strangers is a biblical mandate. “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your… read more

Seeing God among the Orishas

By David Person
The Obamas only have two days in Cuba for their historic trip to the island nation this week. I can tell you that based on my visits there back in the early 2000s, that’s… read more
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