God beyond gender

By Kira Schlesinger
While we know that our human capacity for language necessarily falls flat when describing and defining the divine, for most of Christian history that language has been almost… read more

Evangelicalism and universal salvation

By Clifton Stringer
Many Ministry Matters readers will remember when, in 2011, Rob Bell's book Love Wins raised the profile of the intra-Christian debate about universal salvation. This is a… read more

How not to covet

By Joseph Yoo
I try to not to covet, as it is the tenth commandment. But every time Apple releases a new product (or anyone rolls out anything new, really) my want somehow turns into need… read more

The power of giving

By Samantha Tidball
On Wednesday, January 14, 2016, millions of ticket holders held their breath as numbers were announced for the winner of the $1.6 billion jackpot. This was the highest drawing in… read more

AME Church founder honored with postage stamp

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Richard Allen, the first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be honored with a U.S. postage stamp commemorating his leadership of the historically black… read more

Life, death and entering midlife crisis territory

By Tom Fuerst
I’m turning 36 in a few days. I’m passing from that line of young adult to dude-who-is-about-to-have-a-midlife-crisis territory. And it’s scary. It’s not… read more

Sermon Options: Palm/Passion Sunday 2016

By Ministry Matters
WHEN THE DECK IS STACKED ISAIAH 50:4-9a There is a popular type of movie in which a character played by Sly Stallone or Bruce Willis willingly goes into a situation fighting… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Facebook fights and prayers for the dead

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I’m torn between being reactive and being Christian and taking the ‘high road’. My predicament. Last night as I reviewed my Facebook news … read more

Pastor’s 'My Muslim Problem' post draws many readers

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
The Rev. Omar Rikabi likes to write. A few weeks ago, he composed an essay, giving it the slyly provocative title “My Muslim Problem.” Gentle in tone, the piece draws… read more

Sermon Options: March 13, 2016

By Ministry Matters
GETTING ON WITH THE FUTURE ISAIAH 43:16-21 The young recruit to the monastic order was warned of its severity, strictness, and vow of silence. At the end of ten years he was… read more

Dying to live — Losing in order to win

By Guy Ames
Philippians 3:4b-14 Mildred always dressed like a rainbow. Not a particularly attractive woman, she wore designer clothes, pounds of makeup, and offered her faith to everyone she… read more

Trump is a huge 'loser' with GOP Protestant pastors

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Donald Trump, who loves to call others "losers," is a big one himself in a new survey of U.S. Protestant pastors. When LifeWay Research, an evangelical polling group, asked… read more
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