Giving up the ghost: Toward a new theology of white allyship

By Kenneth J. Pruitt
The last nine months here in St. Louis, Missouri have changed our lives irrevocably. It is still too soon to begin to explain in everyday words how we feel about what transpired… read more

A better reflection: The church, racism and our future

By Michael W. Waters
As the American presidency of Barack Obama nears its conclusion, political pundits have begun the work of historically defining his terms in office. Among their considerations is… read more

Evangelism or hospitality — or both?

By Olu Brown
Some may contend that there is a stark difference between evangelism and hospitality, but I believe that in twenty-first-century culture they are the same strategy reflected… read more

Southern Baptists to open their ranks to missionaries who speak in tongues

By Yonat Shimron / Religion News Service, Greg Horton
(RNS) After decade-long resistance, the Southern Baptist Convention will admit missionary candidates who speak in tongues, a practice associated with Pentecostal and charismatic… read more

My struggle with Ben Carson

By David Person
Ben Carson lost my support as a presidential candidate over 20 years ago when he was the guest speaker at the Emmanuel-Brinklow SDA Church in Ashton, Maryland.  Initially, I… read more

Real community

By Courtney T Ball
Both my brothers have told me more than once, “Community for the sake of community is not enough.” (Strangely, we have these kinds of conversations.) I get what they… read more

Evangelicals’ claims of conservative supremacy are overstated — and misread America’s religious landscape

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) “The collapse of the Protestant mainline has been swift, steady, and self-inflicted,” Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler… read more

Beyond self-loathing to God's future

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
The release of the Pew U.S. Religious Landscape Study has generated prominent headlines in the general and church media. “Christianity Faces Sharp Decline,” the… read more

The might of your own hand

By Logan Robertson
This piece was originally published at Disembodied Beard. Used with permission. With Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray and the Baltimore riots sparking… read more

Feeling like an impostor

By Kira Schlesinger
The man behind the sandwich shop counter gestured toward his neck as he inquired, “So, is that a real outfit?” My fingers brushed the cool plastic of my clerical… read more

5 bad reasons to plant a church

By Ron Edmondson
I love church planters. I moved into church revitalization and part of the concern I had for doing so is that I might not have a foot into church planting. That would be tough for … read more

How to teach confirmation class ecstatically (Part 2)

By Clifton Stringer
In this three-part series, I’m discussing the activity of putting together and teaching a confirmation class. In Part 1 we looked at time frame and teaching content. In Part … read more
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