Mark Driscoll's books pulled from LifeWay stores

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) The nation’s second largest Christian book retailer has pulled megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll’s books from its website and 186 stores. Leaders at the Southern… read more

Is Ebola a curse from God? Some African Christian leaders think so

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) As Western nations evacuate their citizens from West Africa’s growing Ebola outbreak, some Christian leaders have begun to speak of the virus as a curse … read more

The best liturgical advice ever

By Clifton Stringer
The small gathered host, the collected fragments of probably a dozen congregations, sat before me meeting my gaze. “And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, Son”, … read more

‘Revival’ live webcast

By Shane Raynor, Adam Hamilton
Shane Raynor interviews Adam Hamiton about “Revival,” Adam's latest project from Abingdon Press. They discuss Adam's travels to England where he followed the life of… read more

Why I accept Mark Driscoll’s apology … and you should, too

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) We’ve just concluded another week in American evangelicalism. Which is to say, we’ve witnessed another Mark Driscoll blunder. This has been a rough year for the… read more

When it's hard to let go

By Dave Barnhart
“I’ve tried to pray and give my problems to God,” the grandmother told me, “But I can’t seem to stop worrying. What does that say about my… read more

Naming and claiming the future of your children

By Tom Fuerst
Even though he’s only three years old, nearly every day and every night, I tell my son, “Buddy, I want you to grow up to be a good man.” At different times and… read more

Peril: is virtual being there real pastoral care?

By Evon O. Flesberg
So, what do you think? Is virtual communication real? And by that I mean, substantive and life-giving pastoral care? Are the Facebook posts, texts, tweets, and e-mails you send… read more

Reward: Shepherding broken lives in a broken world

By Rose M. Booker-Jones
Care for “the least of these.” Who are “the least of these”? Racism, classism, genderism, and other “isms” intrude on all people’s lives, … read more

Peril: having a church full of secrets

By Emma J. Justes
Ministers are privileged to see many things as we look out over the congregation during worship. As we observe, we may note differences from what we have come to expect. We see a… read more

Gay, Christian and ... celibate: The changing face of the homosexuality debate

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical… read more

Thinking outside the box for pastoral leadership?

By Ed Trimmer
Who is providing pastoral leadership in United Methodist churches? Many of us think that seminary educated elders are providing the pastoral leadership, but here in the Tennessee… read more
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