10 steps to a great sermon

By Courtney T Ball
I come from a family line of preachers. I married the daughter of a preacher. I've heard a lot of sermons in my life, covering the spectrum from awe-inspiring to… read more

Freedom is still a fight

By LinC (Living in Christ), Paul Bonner
Religious freedom appears to be under assault. No doubt, people of faith should not force their beliefs upon others. But how often are we truly defending our freedom to believe… read more

Gay marriage hits major bump in federal appeals court

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON (RNS) The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the… read more

Pakistan and the dark side of Islam

By Shane Raynor
Various news outlets are reporting two vigilante killings in the last couple of days over accusations of blasphemy, both in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The first was a triple … read more

Conservative Christians packed an electoral punch, but can they do it again in 2016?

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) Conservative Christians are taking credit for the Republican sweep of the U.S. Senate and GOP victories farther down the ticket in Tuesday’s midterm elections, and… read more

Why do you keep us in suspense?

By Matt Rawle
“Why do you keep us in suspense,” the crowd asked Jesus. “Tell us plainly if you are the Messiah.” Words are powerful. God used words to create everything… read more

Arguing the minors and missing the majors

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) Like other citizens of our free land, Christians tend to divide sharply, predictably and with heated language. We disagree about almost everything, from cultural norms to… read more

Wesley: A ‘man of one book’ and a thousand

By Clifton Stringer
The Lutheran pietist philosopher Johann Georg Hamann wrote these priceless Christian words: "The more edifying the speaker, the heavier his Galilean shibboleth weighs on our… read more

Wheaton College tackles the death penalty with Jesus in mind

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) On Thursday (Nov. 6), Wheaton, “the Harvard of Christian colleges,” is hosting a forum on the death penalty. But it’s not just any forum. It has potential… read more

What's in your jar?

By Ed Zinkiewicz
Turkey was a central theme in the last two blogs. I personally find the smell of turkey significant to unlocking memories of similar occasions stretching back through my childhood … read more

7 lies pastors believe

By Ron Edmondson
My heart is for the pastor. Maybe it stems from the fact that I spent years as a layperson—a deacon and Sunday school teacher—before becoming a pastor. I realize… read more

Brittany Maynard’s death: Does suffering have spiritual meaning?

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) When Brittany Maynard became the youthful face of the right-to-die movement, she brought to the public table several fierce debates. Some people wouldn’t… read more
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