The perfect gift? Your words.

By David Staal
To give an appropriate answer is a joy; how good is a word at the right time! — Proverbs 15:23  Estimates indicate the average adult vocabulary includes over… read more

The Work of Solidarity

By Mark Lockard, Hannah Adair Bonner
On this episode of Ministry Matters Radio, Mark Lockard speaks with pastor, author and activist Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner about living out the church's call to justice work… read more

God Does Move through Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural Appointments!

By Stephen Handy
In 1968 The United Methodist Church in America consisted of 94% white people and 6% people of color. Ironically, in 2013, though America was browning, the demographics were still… read more

When belief isn't enough

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
What’s the main reason people leave the church? It’s not politics. It’s not traditional worship. It’s not talk of money. It’s not unfriendly or… read more

Advent: Finding our unity in Jesus

By Mike Slaughter
Advent is the ideal time for Jesus followers of all political persuasions and partisan alliances after this difficult election cycle to set aside our differences, coming together… read more

Love In a Big World: Happy Holidays

By Tamara Fyke
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we have officially entered the Holiday Season. It’s a time for celebrating and singing, a time for decorating and eating, a time for traveling … read more

A divided UMC: How we'll fail at the main thing

By James C. Howell
I’ve blogged quite a few times about our fragile United Methodist Church, making the case for, but really just pleading for unity. I’ve reflected on how … read more

The dangers of benevolent sexism

By Kira Schlesinger
The term “benevolent sexism” seems like an oxymoron. How can sexism ever be “benevolent”? And yet, this type of sexism is so prevalent and has roots so… read more

Work is a great vehicle for mentoring teens

By Matt Overton
During the late 1990s and early 2000s, people in youth ministry began to sense a shift. Teenagers seemed different. The old stuff wasn’t working any longer. The luster of… read more

The Problem of Faith in a Violent World

By Mai-Anh Le Tran
“So, are you going to do something . . . ?” It was mid-August, 2014. I had just gotten back to St. Louis from New York City, and there I stood in a hair salon catching … read more

Fuller Theological Seminary students want a sanctuary campus

By Kirkland An / Religion News Service
(RNS) Fuller Theological Seminary has joined a growing list of schools where administrators are being pressed by students, alumni and faculty for designation as a sanctuary… read more

Should churches offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants?

By Shane Raynor
It’s hard to believe it’s been over 16 years since six-year-old Elian Gonzalez was seized from his Miami relatives by federal agents and returned to his father in… read more
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