That sign

By Paul T. Stallsworth
Since 1987, I have attempted to witness to the Gospel of Life within The United Methodist Church. Every January 22 (or a nearby date), I have gathered with my fellow members of… read more

Spotty training, increased violence impact young aid workers

By Mary Bowerman / USA Today
(RNS) The risk of foreign aid work, especially for young people, has again been thrust into the national spotlight after the death of 26-year-old Kayla Mueller. Mueller, a foreign … read more

Insider trading in the church

By Chad Holtz
Before becoming a pastor, I sold insurance and securities. In order to get my license I had to learn about compliance, which amounted to a whole lot of “don’t ever do… read more

Give people a good reason to leave church

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Church conflict is something that strikes fear in the heart of church leaders. Why? The vital statistics of many mainline churches already reflect declining health. The size of… read more

Who is invited to the party?

By Mike Slaughter
One of my favorite descriptions of God that Jesus shared was as a God who loves to throw parties. As a matter of fact Jesus was criticized by the religiously correct for eating… read more

You're not defined by what you do

By Joseph Yoo
I once served at a church where many transitions were required. Lots of the administration aspects of the church had to be strengthened and brought up to the modern way of keeping … read more

Why the church is called to support paid family leave

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
Responding to my request for paternity leave, the church leadership slid a thin piece of paper across the table, full of language resembling a legal contract. Shaking my head… read more

How our small church made big changes (and survived)

By Mark Bray
Summer Grove United Methodist Church in Shreveport, La. faces the challenges of many United Methodist churches in the United States — aging membership, changing racial… read more

Interview: Mike Slaughter — Renegade Gospel

By Shane Raynor, Mike Slaughter
Shane Raynor interviews Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church and author of “Renegade Gospel: The Rebel Jesus.” (Questions and times below) Questions:… read more

How big is your Jesus?

By William O. “Bud” Reeves
Recently my seminary alma mater, Duke University, generated controversy by announcing that they would let their Muslim student organization use the Duke Chapel tower to call… read more

American justice and locked-up nuns

By Mark Lockard
At 85-years-old, Sister Megan Rice is still living out a life of ministry and social justice, but she’s doing it from a surprising place: behind bars. In the summer of 2012, … read more

Obama condemns ‘distorted’ faith at National Prayer Breakfast

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama on Thursday (Feb. 5) called for an emphasis on what is just about the world’s religions as a way to counter the ways faith has been… read more
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