Real community

By Courtney T Ball
Both my brothers have told me more than once, “Community for the sake of community is not enough.” (Strangely, we have these kinds of conversations.) I get what they… read more

Evangelicals’ claims of conservative supremacy are overstated — and misread America’s religious landscape

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) “The collapse of the Protestant mainline has been swift, steady, and self-inflicted,” Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler… read more

Beyond self-loathing to God's future

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
The release of the Pew U.S. Religious Landscape Study has generated prominent headlines in the general and church media. “Christianity Faces Sharp Decline,” the… read more

The might of your own hand

By Logan Robertson
This piece was originally published at Disembodied Beard. Used with permission. With Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray and the Baltimore riots sparking… read more

Feeling like an impostor

By Kira Schlesinger
The man behind the sandwich shop counter gestured toward his neck as he inquired, “So, is that a real outfit?” My fingers brushed the cool plastic of my clerical… read more

5 bad reasons to plant a church

By Ron Edmondson
I love church planters. I moved into church revitalization and part of the concern I had for doing so is that I might not have a foot into church planting. That would be tough for … read more

How to teach confirmation class ecstatically (Part 2)

By Clifton Stringer
In this three-part series, I’m discussing the activity of putting together and teaching a confirmation class. In Part 1 we looked at time frame and teaching content. In Part … read more

Can you be a Christian without believing in Christ?

By Trevin Wax / Religion News Service
(RNS) The rise of the “nones” — Americans who no longer check a religious affiliation on demographic surveys — has stirred up interesting conversations… read more

What's your starting point for evangelism?

By Joseph Yoo
It bothers me when some of my fellow Christians begin a dialogue about God, faith and religion with nonbelievers by telling them how much of a sinner they are. "You're going to… read more

Local-option Methodism

By Steve Harper
Adam Hamilton has issued a new call for “a way forward” advocating a local-option plan that the General Conference would design, approve, implement, oversee and… read more

Prophets and performance artists

By Dave Barnhart
Marina Abramovic, a performance artist, sat quietly for eight hours a day for three months across from an empty chair. She did not speak or move from the spot. Visitors would sit… read more

Liturgy and the emerging church

By Trevor Warren
Today's church has lost something important, whether we recognize it or not. For centuries it has helped create disciples of Christ and has bound together Christian communities in … read more
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