Does an all-powerful God cause the innocent to suffer?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: One of my lectures was on innocent suffering and how that can occur in a world “governed” by an omniscient, omnipresent and all-good God. I… read more

Faithful discipleship in a time of turbulence

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
The core of the teaching of Jesus Christ is the Beatitudes. At the heart of these words, which frame the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), is a reversal of the… read more

God's light in our darkest moments

By Rob Lee
I’m a pastor and student of theology by trade. I have been briefed and taught in the ways of sitting at the bedside of sick patients in hospitals, and I have learned how… read more

Declining clergy influence, Spider-Man, Facebook and fake news

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of News and Religion: Are pastors losing credibility and influence in America? A new study says yes. Plus, another study suggests that Facebook makes us more… read more

Following Jesus and supporting Donald Trump are utterly irreconcilable

By Zack Hunt
He said his personal motto is “eye for an eye.” He unrepentantly declared he doesn’t ask for forgiveness. He said he want’s to bomb… read more

Should churches discuss politics?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
It’s on everyone’s minds. It’s all over the news. Millions of women took to the streets to make their voices heard. Should churches join in the political talk or … read more

Christians and fake news

By Dave Barnhart
The good old days When I was growing up, watching or listening to the evening news was a ritual in many households. People would tune in to the broadcasts of one of several (three … read more

Aim for excellence, not perfection

By Joseph Yoo
Occasionally it’s helpful to be reminded that “perfect is the enemy of good.” Sometimes our need to be perfect gets in the way of progress. We get so caught up… read more

Sermon Options: February 19, 2017

By Ministry Matters
The Reward 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 The Rock opera, Jesus Christ, Superstar, pictures Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, asking God if it is really necessary for him to die on … read more

A Catholic theological disagreement Protestants should listen in on

By Clifton Stringer
Sometimes, one can gain perspective for thinking through one's own problems by listening in to how others are proceeding in light of analogous problems. The point of this post is… read more

Praying for the president

By Mike Slaughter
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful… read more

Trump’s rise and GOP economics may shift Catholic Church’s priorities

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) For much of its long history in the U.S., the Catholic Church was known as the champion of the working class, a community of immigrants whose leaders were… read more
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