Why a Wisconsin man decided to take on the Islamic State

By Sophie Cousins / USA Today
DERIKE, Syria (RNS) Like many Americans, Jordan Matson is outraged by the brutality of the Islamic State. But unlike virtually every other American, he decided to take on the… read more

United Methodists resolve gay marriage complaint against 36 pastors without a trial

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) United Methodists in Pennsylvania have agreed to resolve a complaint filed against three dozen clergy who blessed a gay wedding without taking the case to trial. A complaint … read more

7 disappointing reasons people leave a church

By Ron Edmondson
One disappointment I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and… read more

ISIS, youth, and psychological warfare

By Shane Raynor
Yesterday I watched an interview that CNN reporter Arwa Damon conducted with Merwan Mohammed Hussein, a young Syrian Kurd who was kidnapped by ISIS months ago when he was on his… read more

Tony Campolo’s surprise reaction when his son came out as a humanist

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) Bart Campolo decided he was no longer a Christian after being injured in a bike accident in 2011. But he waited until last Thanksgiving to break the news to his father… read more

Supreme Court allows gay marriage to expand to 30 states

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage on Monday (Oct. 6), leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize… read more

Resisting the urge for perfection

By Timothy Siburg
If you are a part of a congregation, faith community, or serve or volunteer with a nonprofit, you know that it is important to cultivate volunteers or “lay leaders.”… read more

Domestic violence and faith

By Mike Poteet
Staring into the dark hole Since 1987, October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States. This October, domestic violence was already in the… read more

Atheists tweet more often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, study shows

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) What does a map of the U.S. religious landscape look like in 140 characters? A new study of Twitter finds that self-identified religious users are more likely to tweet to… read more

The struggle with depression

By Katie Shockley
What is depression? Like many people around the world, the news of the death of award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams shocked and surprised me. His public persona always … read more

Unsportsmanlike conduct

By Melissa Slocum, LinC (Living in Christ)
As soon as the TMZ video of former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice hitting his then fiancée in an elevator went viral, the NFL went on the defensive and is still fumbling… read more

Can kids with Down syndrome have friends?

By Amy Julia Becker
(RNS) Nearly nine years ago, I lay in a hospital bed with a sleeping baby in my arms, engulfed by fear. Mine wasn’t the typical anxiety of new mothers. We had just received… read more
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