Why I don't always give people an answer

By Ron Edmondson
I have a theory I practice often. I’ve been using it for many years — as a leader, father, a friend and a pastor. It’s not always what people come looking to me… read more

Four ways senior pastors can help youth ministry work

By Jason C. Stanley
A few years ago I led a workshop on youth ministry for a conference-wide training event. Prior to this workshop I was leading similar workshops in the designated youth space of… read more

There's no Christian persecution in the USA

By Steve Harper
For months I have been seeing one allegation after another that Christians are being persecuted in the USA. The “evidence” is drawn from things as diverse as marriage… read more

In some churches, talk of reparations draws a hearing

By Jesse James DeConto / Religion News Service
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) A white scholar touring churches across the nation is trying to convince Christians that racial reconciliation is not enough — it’s time to start… read more

Leading young people to theologically minded faith

By Fred P. Edie
For too long Christians have thought of theology as an esoteric academic discipline, the province of supercilious, tenured scholars scheming behind the fortified walls of ivory… read more

Starbucks’ red cups and the Internet outrage machine

By Laura Turner / Religion News Service
(RNS) When it comes to outrage, the Internet abhors a vacuum. The latest missives in the continuing culture wars have come from different sides of Christianity over, of all… read more

What's the most important stewardship job ever?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
What’s the most important stewardship job ever? It’s not the person who collects the money, counts the money or deposits the money. It’s not the person who heads … read more

Changing our face

By Laurie Haller
The face of our faith is changing. The shape of Christianity, including United Methodism, is very different today than it was a century ago or even ten years ago. Christians today … read more

How I learned to stop worrying and enjoy the coffee

By Matt Rawle
This Starbucks red cup thing needs no more press (yeah, so here’s a blog post about it … smooth). Some are upset that Starbucks’ holiday disposable cup… read more

Denzel Washington preaches gratitude to church members at Pentecostal convention

By Jim Gallagher / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. LOUIS – Hollywood star Denzel Washington, the son of a pastor, preached a sermon of gratefulness Saturday evening to hundreds of members of the Church of God in Christ… read more

How to reclaim ethical evangelism

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
The Rev. Mark Teasdale says his seminary students speak with dread about the “E-word” — the evangelism they are required to study if they are pursuing United… read more

How to address the hot topics

By Adam Hamilton
Politicians, preachers, teachers, and others are faced regularly with the challenge of speaking on controversial issues. What makes an issue controversial, among other things, is… read more
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