Sermon Options: March 1, 2015

By Ministry Matters
A Covenant of Faith Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 In Genesis 9, God made a covenant with Noah, his descendants, and “all flesh.” Its symbol—to remind us of divine… read more

In major move, Mormon apostles call for statewide LGBT protections

By Peggy Fletcher Stack / The Salt Lake Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday (Jan. 27) for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and … read more

Top Catholics and evangelicals: Gay marriage worse than divorce or cohabitation

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) A high-profile alliance of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage that calls same-sex unions… read more

What should happen to parents who don't vaccinate their kids?

By Alex Berezow / USA Today
(RNS) The entirely preventable California measles outbreak has now sickened more than 70 people. With perhaps hundreds more exposed, the outbreak will likely continue. As the… read more

Where are the just war prophets?

By Tom Fuerst
Christian just war theory says it is morally permissible to wage war for a just reason. It says, for specific purposes and through specific means, indeed, for the betterment of… read more

10 suggestions for handling conflict in a healthy way

By Ron Edmondson
Where life involves people — whether among family, friends or coworkers — there will be potential for conflict. Any disagreement there? Want to fight about it? :) In… read more

First female bishop ordained in Church of England amid ongoing controversies

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) More than 1,000 people watched as Uganda-born Archbishop of York John Sentamu, laid hands on the Rev. Libby Lane Monday (Jan. 26), making her the eighth… read more

Progress, pushback and clergy women

By Kira Schlesinger
Yesterday, in a momentous occasion, the Church of England consecrated its first female bishop, The Reverend Libby Lane, now Bishop of Stockport. This event was made possible by a… read more

The lose-lose of ministry

By Preston Morgan
When I started pastoral ministry as a seminary student I was told that I needed “skin like a rhino and a heart like Mother Teresa.” Now, only four years into pastoral… read more

5 Proverbial tweets

By Matt Rawle
Two billion people across the globe are connected to each other via some form of online social media. Whether it is Facebook statuses or Twitter tweets or Snapchat chats or Vine… read more

Bread crumbs — Some stay the course

By Ed Zinkiewicz
Steve Jobs spoke highly of belief and confidence in the Stanford commencement address he made in 2005: “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them … read more

When pastors don't give

By Joseph Yoo
“Right now, I don't think I can really give anything to the church.” “I'd love to give to the church, really, but I still have so much student loans to pay… read more
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