Non-negotiables

By Joseph Yoo
I’ve come a long way in my faith and my beliefs since high school. I was heavily influenced by the conservative, immigrant fundamental-esque beliefs. I no longer think… read more

Jesus and the gossip column

By Tom Fuerst
Certainly, the Bible and the stories it records are more complex than “literal” history, in a fundamentalist Christian sense of “literal.” And certainly… read more

After kidnapping schoolgirls, Boko Haram takes aim at churches in northeast Nigeria

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
NAIROBI, KENYA (RNS) Five months after Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in Nigeria’s Borno State, the Islamic extremist group has begun occupying churches in the… read more

Sermon Options: October 5, 2014

By Ministry Matters
Stop and Listen Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 It is to laugh. My father is being dragged—kicking and screaming—into the information age. The kicking and screaming part is… read more

What did God mean? (Talking Scripture with Paul)

By Clifton Stringer
Stanley Hauerwas, the great Methodist theologian, used to tell his students a story about the time St. Paul visited the Vatican. It went something like this. One day recently at… read more

Identity and faith

By Jill M. Johnson
“Who am I?” For a recent sermon series, our church gave away copies of a book that claims to help us understand our purpose and why we are here. The books “flew… read more

Cracks in the ‘stained-glass ceiling’: Women reach prominent pulpits

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Chicago. New York. Washington, D.C. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in all these cities. In May, the Rev… read more

Sermonsmith and John Chandler

By Chad Brooks
I have been waiting for this episode for months! I sat down with John Chandler, host and producer of the Sermonsmith podcast and learned from him. John interviews a different… read more

Forgetting and remembering

By Ryan Wilson
Exodus 16:2-15 “How soon we forget,” Moses must have thought! Not long before, the Israelites had been slaves in Egypt. How quickly the people could forget how… read more

The story through Mary's eyes

By Adam Hamilton
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace. ¹… read more

The living word and community renewal

By Roy I. Sano
A Personal Testimony Five hundred people were scheduled to come to San Francisco, California, for the 1980 National Convocation of Asian American United Methodists. Three of us… read more

The preacher didn't mention Jesus!

By Shane Raynor, Tom Fuerst
Should every sermon include explicit references to Jesus? In this audio commentary, I share my thoughts, then pastor / blogger / Ministry Matters contributor Tom Fuerst and I… read more
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