Teach kids how to count (on you)

By David Staal
Life happens in moments. Many qualify as mundane; others rather exhilarating. Once, while swimming in the ocean, a large wave knocked over my daughter, who was five years old at… read more

Learning to see

By F. Willis Johnson
In "We Have This Ministry: The Heart of the Pastor’s Vocation," Samuel Dewitt Proctor and Gardner Calvin Taylor suggest we are uniquely challenged in our work as pastors. In … read more

Constantine in Tennessee

By Bill Mefford
Watching the Tennessee legislature debate whether to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of making the Bible the state’s official book reminds me that very few of those… read more

Fear of the Other: Interview w/ William H. Willimon

By Shane Raynor
Earlier this week I had a conversation with Bishop Will Willimon about engaging the outsider and the stranger and genuinely loving them as Christ loves us. Bishop Willimon's new… read more

From Bible study to movement

By Talbot Davis
Like most pastors these days, I like to preach my messages in series. I have found that thinking “serially” harnesses my mind’s creative bent and I have… read more

The power arena

By Steve Harper
The ego gravitates toward control and the exertion of power. This is not all bad. Without ego, we would have no will power, and on our best day, that would neither be a good thing … read more

Pentecostal revival sweeps parts of West Coast

By Julia Duin / Religion News Service
(RNS) They call it the West Coast Rumble: a set of multiweek revivals in Seattle and San Diego, plus a large Christian rally in Los Angeles two weekends ago. The main players are… read more

Churches examine white privilege

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) A year ago, when the death of Freddie Gray and resulting unrest in Baltimore filled the news, the Rev. Kathy Dwyer felt she had to do something. “Every time I turned… read more

A 'tip' for Christian tippers

By David Person
Last week, a television station in Charlotte, N.C., reported that a group of patrons left their waitress a Bible verse in lieu of a tip. The verse was Lev. 20:13: “If a man… read more

How I survived being married to a church planter

By Melissa Spoelstra
Recently I was asked to speak at an event for church planters along with their spouses and launch teams in greater Columbus. The topic I was supposed to speak about was how I… read more

White House, faith leaders say 'moral obligation' to halt payday loans

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) White House officials have joined faith leaders in endorsing an end to payday lending abuses that often charge triple-digit interest rates. Valerie Jarrett… read more

Rethinking the offering plate

By Donna Schaper
The offering plate became obsolete years ago but most congregations have yet to notice. We still pass the plate and observe that fewer and fewer dollars go into it. I am still… read more
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