Freedom of speech and Christian faith

By Peter Surran
Political rally protests A presidential-election cycle that had already been characterized as unpredictable took another twist on Friday, March 11. Protesters in Chicago caused… read more

The truth about lies

By Rose Taylor
National Tell a Lie Day is celebrated on April 4th and is one of many so-called “fun holidays.” It is interesting that it falls only a few days after April… read more

Guaranteed appointment debate to resume at GC2016

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
Ending guaranteed appointment for ordained elders in The United Methodist Church was, like restructuring of the denomination’s agencies, a high-profile effort that passed at … read more

A plea to my centrist friends in the United Methodist Church

By Talbot Davis
On March 23, 2016, the Methodist Federation For Social Action posted an anonymous blog that made even the most jaded among us blush. Titled “#HandsOffMyBC” and… read more

Revisiting human sexuality

By Steve Harper
It is incumbent on delegates to discuss any issue with the best and most up-to-date information available. This is particularly true with respect to human sexuality. A lot has… read more

Why I despair over Pakistan’s intractable blasphemy laws

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) Last September, as part of a journalism fellowship, I visited Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore, Pakistan, for Sunday Mass. Later I sat down with the barefoot priest to hear… read more

What changed after the resurrection?

By Zack Hunt
I know I should still be riding the wave of Easter excitement, but I have to confess something: The excitement didn’t really come this year for me. At least not like it … read more

Sermon Options: Pentecost 2016

By Ministry Matters
GOD'S SECOND GIFT JOHN 14:8-17 (25-27) Jesus is God's greatest gift to the world (John 3:16) . But God wasn't through giving! In our text, Jesus, on his last night with his… read more

The one thing we must never do: Give up hope

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
Little kids can be stubborn, but sometimes my youngest daughter takes it to a new heights. Last year we arrived at a Baskin-Robbins 15 minutes after it had had closed. She… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: When will they pray? Good Friday meditations

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have visited a number of churches in the last few years. Often I wonder during the services, “When are they going to pray?” Every year on… read more

The risen Christ

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
God’s vindication of Jesus The new film Risen imagines what the Roman authorities’ investigation of Jesus’ disappearance from the tomb might have looked like… read more

The only free person: Jesus

By Drew McIntyre
The only truly free person who has ever lived is Jesus, the Christ, Son of God. In the 21st century West, we tend to think of freedom negatively as freedom from: from constraint… read more
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