‘Star Wars:’ The return of the transcendent

By Charles C. Camosy / Religion News Service
(NOTE: The following column is spoiler-free!) (RNS) “Daddy, he’s real.” She had seen computer-generated Yoda from the prequels, but upon seeing the actual puppet … read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Public hypocrites and the way of Jesus

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have a question about praying in public and the Scripture verse from Matthew 6:5. There is a man that dresses in a bright neon yellow robe at night… read more

Sermon Options: January 24, 2016

By Ministry Matters
LESSONS LEARNED AT THE WATER GATE NEHEMIAH 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 The bungled break-in at the Watergate Hotel in the summer of 1972 ultimately brought down the Presidency of Richard… read more

The Body of Christ

By John Mathis
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a It has always amazed me how many different types of people make up the body of Christ. We gather together each week in our individual congregations to… read more

Same God?

By Dave Barnhart
When people make claims that Christians and Muslims, or Christians and Jews, or Christians and Zoroastrians, Samaritans, Mormons or Hindus do or do not worship “the same… read more

Dealing with a polarized culture

By David Dorn
How do you deal with a culture that begs you to choose a side? David Dorn is the Lead Contemporary Pastor for Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler, Texas. He is also the … read more

December sadness and the timing of Christmas

By Christy Thomas
This time of year has always been tough for me, and Christmas is anything but a favorite holiday. In my growing-up years, it was a time of growing tension yearly between my mom… read more

Where the 4 Gospels begin … and how they end

By Talbot Davis
As we dive headlong into the Christmas season and its nativity stories, I have found myself in a couple of different settings explaining how each Gospel begins. Because I believe… read more

I am sending you

By Mike Slaughter
All who are thirsty should come to me! All who believe in me should drink! As the scriptures said concerning me, “Rivers of living water will flow out from within… read more

Wheaton College must decide hijab-wearing prof’s future — and its own

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) In a moment when relations between Christians and Muslims are so strained, claiming that adherents of the two religions worship the same God can be controversial. But when… read more

Fighting the bigotry virus

By David Person
Last Friday I watched a young, dark-skinned man with Arabic features and long, swept-back hair drop to his knees and bow as Muslims do when praying. I was sitting at Gate 10 of… read more

American mosques trying to protect bodies and spirits from hate

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) Following a surge of attacks on mosques and Muslims — a backlash against recent extremist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino — Islamic leaders have been… read more
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