The mysteries of March

By Cameron Merrill
Sample liturgy for this service is included below. Click the PDF link to download. As we prepare for Holy Week this year, there is a strange little moment that happened last in… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Is mainline the opposite of evangelical?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I grew up in an “evangelical-fundamental” Christian home. My recollection is that this meant a high regard for scripture and belief in the… read more

What do I know!

By Michael Jinkins
What do I know! Yes, an exclamation point; not a question mark. I am only scratching the surface of knowledge, and the scratches hardly leave a mark.Recently I shared the… read more

Leave the shell and live

By Hannah Adair Bonner
“I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid, lest they should only exist as a dead sect… read more

Merrick Garland is Jewish. Does it matter?

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, would be the fourth Jewish justice if confirmed. For Jews, who represent about 2 percent of the population, … read more

Do Jews believe in resurrection of the dead?

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
The hardest chapter to write for my book on the Jewishness of Jesus was the one on resurrection. I tried to avoid it, but my editor insisted. Resurrection of the dead is not a… read more

Economical with the truth

By Laurie Haller
A week ago, during Donald Trump’s press conference after his primary victories in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii, he said these words, “Politicians are serious… read more

What holds life together when everything is coming loose?

By James A. Harnish
Rely on the Cantus Firmus Watching the daily news, we would have good reason to identify with one of the angels in the Broadway play, “Green Pastures,” who sees the… read more

Top Anglican archbishop: Fear of refugees 'entirely reasonable'

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Labeling people who are worried about mass migration into their country as racist is “absolutely outrageous,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin … read more

Reaching into eternity

By Adam Thomas
Imagine with me a letter written by Lazarus, the friend whom Jesus brought back to life after four days in the tomb. To my dear sisters, Martha and Mary, by the hand of a trusted… read more

Coptic bishop seeks support from evangelicals

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Bishop Angaelos, a U.K.-based leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, stood before the media holding up a thick report on “genocide” in the Middle East… read more

Prophets, politics and Palm Sunday

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
Pope Francis and politics “When Pope Francis stands at the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday, he will bring a clarion message from the heart of the Judeo-Christian tradition… read more
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