Remember Lyle E. Schaller: The interventionist

By Paul Franklyn
Lyle Schaller, widely considered by pastors to be the most important and influential observer of church culture during the twentieth century in the United States, died March 18… read more

Presbyterian Church (USA) approves marriage amendment

By Melody K. Smith / Presbyterian News Service
(PNS) While the Office of the General Assembly is still awaiting official tallies, it appears that a majority of the 171 presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have… read more

Prominent San Francisco evangelical church drops celibacy requirement for LGBT members

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) A prominent evangelical Christian church in San Francisco has announced it will no longer ask members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to remain celibate… read more

Evangelicals and scientists are closer than many realize

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) The sociologist who busted myths last year with her study finding that the majority of scientists are religious, not God-denying atheists, is at it again. Elaine… read more

Do you understand what you're signing up for?

By Mike Slaughter
The Lenten season marks a time for soul assessment and realigning with the priorities of God. Just as the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness for 40 days to confront temptation… read more

10 reasons to consider church revitalization — even over church planting

By Ron Edmondson
I meet with young church planters frequently. I hope that continues. We had great experiences in two successful church plants and it’s certainly in my heart. Currently we… read more

Church threatened with fines for taking in homeless

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) The Rev. Courtney McHill couldn’t be prouder of her flock at McMinnville Cooperative Ministries for welcoming homeless people to camp there. “I’ve never… read more

‘Dig’ uncovers an ancient Jewish sect and some scary nuns

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) Biblical breastplates, menacing nuns and an apocalyptic Jewish sect. What is behind all that religious jazz in the second episode of “Dig”? The series, which… read more

Who was St. Patrick, and would he drink green beer?

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
For Catholics, Episcopalians and some Lutherans, March 17 is the Feast Day of St. Patrick. For the rest of us, it’s St. Patrick’s Day — a midweek excuse to party … read more

Take my hand: The gospel and the blues

By Steve Beard
The first of several pivotal scenes in the film “Selma” occurs when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes a late night phone call to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. … read more

Rachel Held Evans on the ills of American Christianity, and leaving evangelicalism

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the author of “Evolving in Monkey Town” and later with the New York Times… read more

Give up loving your neighbor as yourself

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
This Lent, I suggest giving up loving your neighbor as yourself. Likely, they deserve better. So do you. Let me start by saying I think the amount of good going on in the world… read more
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