Controversial megachurch Bishop Eddie Long dies at 63

By Tim Darnell / USA Today Network
LITHONIA, Ga. (USA Today) Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, died Sunday (Jan. 15). In a statement, the church confirmed Long's death from… read more

Sermon Options: February 12, 2017

By Ministry Matters
CHOOSE LIFE  DEUTERONOMY 30:15-20 A dedicated, beautiful, popular young woman made a poor choice in her mate for life. Until the day she died at the age of seventy, she felt… read more


By Raquel Mull
Psalm 119:1-8 Psalm 119 is written in praise of Torah, God’s law or teaching. Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the book of Psalms, is an alphabetical acrostic that contains … read more

An eerie echo in 'Silence'

By David Van Biema / Religion News Service
(RNS) Walking out of Martin Scorsese’s Silence the other night, I was nagged by the notion that I had seen something like it before. One thing I was sure of — the… read more

Love gives its best

By Michael Renninger
Father Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, and one of the featured preachers at this year's Festival of Homiletics in San Antonio, Texas … read more

When you can't let the dead bury their own dead

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
My grandmother, Miriam Harris Goldberg, just passed away at the age of 100 years old. I cancelled meetings, a dentist appointment, phone calls, lunch with one friend and dinner… read more

The Obama presidency: 'War on religion' or 'Amazing Grace'?

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) He had done it before, after Tucson, Aurora, Fort Hood and Sandy Hook: taken on the mantle of the pastor-in-chief before a crowd of mourners for lives taken too… read more

Wilderness prayers

By Melissa Spoelstra
Have you ever felt like you were wandering in circles? Like you do the same things over and over again — laundry, groceries, emails. You visit the same spots —… read more

Religious makeup of the new Congress overwhelmingly Christian

By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
(RNS) The United States Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center. Nearly 91 percent of members of the… read more

The ultimate participation trophy

By Tom Fuerst
I feel myself getting increasingly irked by the use of the phrase, “participation trophy generation.” At first I thought I was just annoyed with the hypocrisy of it… read more

Preaching Notions: Epiphany

By James C. Howell
Calendar weirdness. Is it Epiphany (technically Friday, January 6)? First Sunday after Epiphany? The Baptism of our Lord, which the Revised Common Lectionary calls for on the… read more

Preaching for applause?

By Talbot Davis
While most Methodist churches refrain from all kinds of clapping — either the rhythmic kind during a praise song or the appreciative kind during a sermon — Good… read more
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