Attitude adjustment

By Melissa Spoelstra
School starts today in my neck of the woods. Getting an eighth grader, two juniors and a college sophomore ready has been a process. Emergency forms filled out. New shoes… read more

Why the Founding Fathers wanted to keep ministers from public office

By John Fea / Religion News Service
(RNS) There’s an old Baptist saying that goes something like this: “If you mix horse manure and ice cream it doesn’t do much to the manure, but it sure does ruin … read more

'Tis the season: Humility

By James C. Howell
Read Rev. Howell's previous 'Tis the Season articles covering the 2016 election here. In a presidential debate at Wake Forest back in 2000, George W. Bush spoke wisely:… read more

Sermon Options: September 25, 2016

By Ministry Matters
RICHES TO RAGS: THE STORY OF OUR FATE 1 TIMOTHY 6:6-19 "Let me give you a little advice." That phrase gets directed toward us from time to time. Sometimes we listen, sometimes we… read more

Lost Forever?

By Scott Bullard
Luke 16:19-31 By the time we arrive at this parable, whether we are following the lectionary or just reading through the Gospels, we have heard a lot of talk about wealth and… read more

Pope Francis treats homeless to pizza and swim at the beach

By Josephine McKenna / Religion News Service
ROME (RNS) As millions of people around the world enjoy their annual summer vacations, Pope Francis is providing a beach escape for those who cannot afford them. In the latest… read more

The Once and Future Wesleyan Movement

By Scott J. Jones
God has great things in store for the Wesleyan movement in the United States. In the past we have been alive, vital, and growing. We still are in many places today. But with the… read more

Lost again

By Scott Bullard
Luke 16:1-13 Last week in Luke 15 we saw Jesus exploring lost wandering sheep, fumbled coins, and even erratic sons, and we heard God say to us, “Although you may get lost… read more

Political preachers, clergy compensation and Afterschool Satan

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of the News and Religion podcast, the panel and I discuss preachers who endorse political candidates from the pulpit, a recent study showing that clergy… read more

Sermon Options: September 18, 2016

By Ministry Matters
THINKING GLOBALLY 1 TIMOTHY 2:1-7 According to the Internet, as of Wednesday morning, August 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM, the population of the world stood at 7,106,195,575. That's a lot … read more

Preaching to the Polarized

By Tom Berlin
As the election year continues, pastors will want to speak to important issues that will present themselves in political debates, interviews, and statements to the press. This… read more

'Tis the season: Can we change politics?

By James C. Howell
Read Rev. Howell's previous 'Tis the Season articles covering the 2016 election here. What is God asking of us during this season? Clearly God is asking us to fix ourselves, … read more
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