The Supreme Court and Christian faith

By Peter Surran
Justice Antonin Scalia The news of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13 has sent ripples all across the political world. Scalia, who served on the… read more

Following other gods: Unity as a penultimate value

By Drew McIntyre
"You shall have no other gods before unity." — Exodus 20:3 (paraphrased) Dr. Steve Harper argued recently that the basic issue in the United Methodist Church is whether … read more

David: The other side of the story

By Dave Barnhart
I’m a sucker for sword-and-sandal movies, whether they are classics like The Ten Commandments or animated modern ones like The Prince of Egypt. So of course I'm watching… read more


By Mike Slaughter
I’ve managed so far to remain pretty silent in this rancorous political season, frequently reminding myself that I am fasting this Lent from being a jerk. But this week I… read more

What do you do when God calls?

By Eradio Valverde Jr.
Acts 16:9-15 Our God works in some wonderful and unexplainable ways. That affirmation has been the constant theme of every Easter season. A Savior nailed to a cross, then buried… read more

Sermon Options: May 1, 2016

By Ministry Matters
RESPONDING TO GOD'S CALL ACTS 16:9-15 God spoke to Paul through a dream directing him to preach the gospel in Macedonia and he followed through without the assurance of having… read more

New data shows women clergy earn 85 to 90 cents for a man’s dollar

By Tobin Grant / Religion News Service
(RNS) Until recently, national data on the clergy pay gap was unavailable or unreliable, in part because of the relatively few numbers of women clergy. But in January, I reported… read more

I thirst

By Matt Rawle
There once was a young boy playing football outside in the street all afternoon in the summertime heat. The streetlights, which stood as end-zone markers, began to glow as the… read more

International Women's Day

By Kira Schlesinger
My first encounter with International Women’s Day was only four years ago when my Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor brought in a rose for each of the women in the group … read more

Sermon Options: April 24, 2016

By Ministry Matters
OVERCOMING BARRIERS ACTS 11:1-18 Part of the gospel's resurrection message is the breaking down of human prejudices and barriers that separate humanity. All have sinned according… read more

Ethnic diversity and Christian faith

By Mike Poteet
Movie fans and celebrity watchers expect memorable moments from the Academy Awards. This year’s Oscars proved memorable long before the first statuette was handed out. For… read more

God Is the God of All

By Eradio Valverde Jr.
Acts 11:1-18 In my first year of seminary, I was required to take a course affectionately referred to as “Super Bible.” On the academic quarter system of this… read more
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