Why Do Pastors Often Act Like the Parishioners They Complain About?

By Dave Barnhart
Nearly any pastor can tell you the symptoms of an unhealthy church: members distrust their leadership and their pastor; they insist on voting on everything, even the color of the… read more

Learning Why We Do: Bible Study and the Wisdom of Love

By Chris Chakoian
Every congregation enjoys signature strengths. When I came to serve in Lake Forest, Illinois, eight years ago, I discovered a church that "gets it" about mission with profound… read more

Anticipating Pentecost

By Kay Huggins
The story of Pentecost is one of the best known stories of the New Testament. As with the beloved stories of the Gospels— such as the Good Samaritan, the Last Supper, and… read more

The Power of a Time Audit

By Chad Brooks
Welcome to the first episode of the second season of The Productive Pastor. I LOVE doing this podcast and being part of the community. This season is going to rock. We have some… read more

Jennifer Knapp Makes a Case for Being Gay and Christian in Upcoming Book

By Jonathan Merritt
(RNS) Four years ago, when musician Jennifer Knapp declared to the world that she was a lesbian, some of the conservative Christians who had purchased 1 million of her albums… read more

How I Podcast

By Chad Brooks
Over the last few months I have been getting questions from people about how I podcast, what equipment/ programs/ services I use. I wanted to write up a post detailing all of… read more

I'm Not Your Pastor... Yet.

By Shawn Franssens
I love being a pastor. I love the sense of God's call on my life and the way I have been invited to respond to the call. Now as I prepare to join in God's work among a people I do … read more

Sermon Options: June 22, 2014

By Ministry Matters
FAMILY MATTERS GENESIS 21:8-21 Strained relationships, jealousy, favoritism, and stress are a few of the normal struggles every family must manage. I was thirty-four years old… read more

Site of Jesus’ Last Supper a Point of Contention for Some Israeli Jews

By Michele Chabin
JERUSALEM (RNS) Ahead of Pope Francis' visit, Jewish religious and nationalist groups plan to demonstrate Thursday (May 22) to demand that the Israeli government not cede… read more

Sometimes We Get It Right: The Aldersgate Covenant

By David F. Watson
Last weekend I attended the Aldersgate Covenant meeting at the Church of the Resurrection. At this gathering, I think I finally learned what holy conferencing should be. We… read more

How Brown v. Board of Education Still Shapes Our Religious Life

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) Not long ago, I visited Topeka, Kan., to teach at one of those grand old mainline churches that got caught in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education. It was around the … read more

Q & R: The Reality of Satan

By Brian D. McLaren
Here's the Q: I was very interested to read a short article written by you in response to someone questioning the reality of Satan as an actual personal being. I have wrestled… read more
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