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

A decluttered faith

By Ray Waddle
There’s a long and passionate spiritual tradition of waiting for God, waiting for revival, waiting for a personal sign or the end of time—waiting for something… read more

The decision to surrender

By Tom Berlin
Scripture: Revelation 21:1-8 Revelation 22 Key Verse: the one who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! -Revelation 22:20 NRSV What… read more

America’s Christian conservatives ponder a ‘Babylonian exile’

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) From the moment they set foot on North American soil, the Puritans who came to the continent viewed their “errand into the wilderness” through a biblical lens… read more

Good news about sharing the good news

By Dave Barnhart
I feel like I’m twelve years old, riding through my neighborhood on bikes with my buddies. The click of gears, the occasional laughter, the roar of wind in my ears on a nice … read more

Across America, silent vigils in Michael Brown’s memory

By Trevor Hughes / USA Today
(RNS) In cities large and small, people across America came together to silently remember Michael Brown, a teen none knew in life but whose death Saturday sparked a wave of unrest … read more

After the Ferguson protests, church volunteers pick up the pieces

By Lilly Fowler / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) On the fourth morning after Michael Brown’s death, residents from different parts of the region came together to pick up the pieces. Some were young… read more

Sweeping away the clutter: Q&A with Bill Hybels

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) Clutter influences the way you work, the way you live and the state of your soul, too, argues megachurch pastor Bill Hybels. Hybels has written a new book, “Simplify:… read more

Organizing ministry with systems

By Chad Brooks
Welcome to the 19th episode of The Productive Pastor. I have a great interview in place for you today with Michael Lukaszewski focusing on systems. This is a topic I have been… read more
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