That time Harper Lee put a mirror up and made us face our true selves

By Ben Gosden
A lot of ink has been spilled (or digitally typed, I suppose) about Harper Lee’s new (old) book, "Go Set a Watchman." Supposedly, this was the original book she submitted… read more

Lawmakers call for probes into Planned Parenthood video allegations

By Jennifer Calfas / USA Today
Lawmakers are calling for investigations into a health care provider that has come under fire by anti-abortion activists for allegedly selling fetal organs for profit. The… read more

A Methodist reading of ‘Go Set a Watchman’

By Will Willimon / United Methodist News Service
Jemson was Methodist of the whole cloth: he was notoriously short on theology and a mile long on good works — from “Go Set a Watchman,” by Harper Lee One of the… read more

The speech of women

By Kira Schlesinger
The first time I preached a sermon to the congregation where I was doing my field education during Divinity School, I was terrified. Afterward, I received a lot of positive and… read more

The passion and resurrection of prayer

By Clifton Stringer
Have you ever noticed that the act of prayer is itself a sign and echo of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection? United Methodist theologian Stanley Hauerwas likes to tell… read more

Q&A with Rob Bell: Everything is spiritual

By Shane Raynor
Rob Bell is well-known in Christian circles as an author, pastor and the featured speaker from the popular short film series NOOMA. He created some controversy in 2011 when he… read more

Rape in our churches

By David Person
If there’s one good thing about the Bill Cosby rape and drug allegations, it’s that more Americans may now realize how common it is for a woman to be raped or… read more


By Melissa Spoelstra
In general, would you consider yourself an easily offended person? Consider the statement below that is closest to how you think others would describe you. Most things roll off… read more

The Wisdom of Wanting Wisdom

By Lance Sawyer
1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Professional promotions often engender awkward and strained relationships between leaders and their subordinates. Inexperienced new bosses attempting to… read more

Idol worship and the Confederate flag

By Laura Patterson
Dear fellow White Southern Christians, You, like me, have probably seen countless posts on social media from friends about the Confederate flag in the past few weeks. You may have … read more

Jesus, the anti-Jew?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Church, it’s time to go all the way in embracing the Jewish Jesus. Yes, Jesus is seen as a Jew in many pulpits and pews, but usually as an exception, an anomaly. In too many … read more

Worship: Well-crafted, authentic and substantive

By Allan R. Bevere
Being involved in discussions on what makes for good worship is an interesting experience. What I find in the midst of the back and forth banter is that the dialogue most often is … read more
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