Why does Islam ban images of the Prophet Muhammad?

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) On Wednesday (Jan. 7), 10 employees of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly, and two police officers were murdered by a band of masked gunmen who shouted “Allahu… read more

United Methodists settle complaint against bishop over same-sex wedding

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) The United Methodist Church is dropping a complaint against a retired bishop who performed a 2013 same-sex wedding in Alabama, offering at least a brief respite within a… read more

Persecution of Christians reached historic levels in 2014. Will 2015 be worse?

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era. That’s the message from Open… read more

Faith informing food choices: Meat, poultry and eggs

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
Ready to order? Having met a friend for lunch, my husband and I were studying the menu. I mentioned that the pulled pork barbeque looked good. My husband, who grew up on a farm… read more

Sermon Options: February 22, 2015

By Ministry Matters, Sermon Options
Our Covenant God Genesis 9:8-17 The idea of our covenant relationship with God is a major motif in the Scriptures. • God made a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 17 . •… read more

Jordan welcomes throngs of tourists at site where believers say Jesus was baptized

By Dale Hanson Bourke / Religion News Service
AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) For most Americans, Epiphany (Jan. 6) passes with little celebration. For Eastern Rite Christians, Epiphany (also called Theophany) emphasizes the revelation… read more

Overcoming your circumstances

By Henry E. Roberts
Mark 1:9-15 This scripture reveals that God can make something out of nothing. Those of us who grew up in rural Alabama always joked, “Thank God for Mississippi,”… read more

If the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in 2015, how will evangelicals respond?

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian Americans can be wed in 35 states and the District of Columbia (Florida will … read more


By Rueben P. Job
The subject of what happens when we die is not easily or often talked about in our culture, but it should be and must be talked about if we are to live fully, claiming our… read more

Jesus may have been tried here: Archaeologists uncover Herod’s palace

By Michelle Chabin / Religion News Service
JERUSALEM (RNS) The site where Jesus may have been tried, prior to his crucifixion, is now open to the public for the very first time. Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the… read more

7 words of guidance for young clergy

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
I write from the perspective of a pastor and a bishop. I have served in a mainline denomination for 32 years, and am now in a role that gives me a vista that is, in the language… read more

Sermon Options: February 15, 2015

By Ministry Matters, Sermon Options
A Double Share Of The Spirit 2 Kings 2:1-12 Each one of us gathered here today comes bearing the echoes of great people in our lives. Each one of us bears the mark of someone who… read more
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