The church and millennials

By Timothy Siburg
Recently I had the chance to participate in an open-space conversation on the purpose and practices of lay theological education. As part of this discussion, there emerged a… read more

Pastor's office hours: Time to cut back?

By Joseph Yoo
In a recent sermon, Pastor Andy Stanley stated that every church has a gravitational pull to be a church that serves only its members — a pull to be a church for just… read more

Churches must provide a space where people are free to be themselves

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) Church leaders often worry that Sunday morning is the “most segregated day of the week.” On Sundays, churchgoers gather inside congregations that are remarkably… read more

Game Changers Summit

By Neelley Hicks
What is Game Changers Summit? An event being held in Nashville, September 3-5 focusing on how information and communications technologies (ICTs) can be used to improve lives and… read more

8 reasons a church plant may not grow

By Ron Edmondson
I’ve worked with a lot of church plants. And, I’ve been involved in two — as a planter. Every planter goes into the process hoping to see lives changed with the… read more

More Christian than Jesus

By Dave Barnhart
Far be it from me to criticize Jesus, but he doesn’t always argue like a Christian. For one thing, like an internet troll, he uses distraction and ad hominem (personal)… read more

Bishop Palmer speaks out about Ferguson crisis

By Gregory V. Palmer, Brian Milford
United Methodist Bishop Gregory Palmer and Brian Milford discuss the shooting of Michael Brown, the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and justice and race issues as they relate … read more

Are we really doing family ministries?

By Ed Trimmer
I overheard this conversation recently at a United Methodist church. Should we have a baby shower for the child of one of the active and long term members of the church, who was… read more

Old just ain’t what it used to be

By Ed Zinkiewicz
The word old used to carry a mantel of respect. An old person was one who had achieved something, arrived, had matured. Grandfathers and grandmothers were the revered ones for… read more

Hunger in America: 1 in 7 rely on food banks

By Natalie DiBlasio / USA Today
LORTON, Va. (RNS) When Mary Smallenburg, 35, of Fort Belvoir, Va., opened a package from her mother to find cereal and ramen noodles, she burst into tears. Without it, she… read more

After evangelical virgin guys marry, then what?

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) For decades, evangelical leaders have touted “virginity pledges” as a way for teens and young adults to “save themselves for marriage.” But what… read more

Ferguson, ISIS, and the problem with American news

By Shane Raynor
I was up much too late watching television last night. I have five news channels, and when major events are taking place around the world, you’ll usually find me switching… read more
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