Who would Jesus publicly shame?

By Kira Schlesinger
A few weeks ago, a member of a large, triathlon-centered Facebook group of which I am a part posted a screenshot of a stranger’s Facebook post. She had taken a picture of a… read more

Children need heterosexual parents, says pope after gay pride march

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Sunday (June 14) stressed the importance of children having heterosexual parents, just a day after Rome’s gay pride march demonstrated the … read more

15 things Alcoholics Anonymous can teach the church

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Alcoholics Anonymous has forever changed the church. And it has done it right under our noses. Or better put, in our church basements, classrooms and meeting rooms. AA introduced… read more

Why a ‘yes’ to gays is often a ‘no’ to evangelicalism

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) With the Supreme Court expected to find a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in a few weeks, a sorting is taking place among evangelical Christian leaders. The debate … read more

Instapray app puts our best (and worst) prayer impulses on display

By Laura Turner / Religion News Service
(RNS) As long as people have been praying, they have also been asking for prayer from one another. In the Bible, the New Testament is full of requests from Paul and others to pray … read more

Accountability where it counts

By Michael J. Coyner
Recently the Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church voted to recommend a series of changes to our Book of Discipline. Like all of the other proposals and petitions that … read more

Hipster preacher lives his mother’s legacy

By David Person
The late televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker’s boy has done the unthinkable. Jay Bakker, pastor of Revolution Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has teamed up with lesbian… read more

I think I can't, I think I can't

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
In the classic children’s book, “The Little Engine That Could,” a long train needs help being pulled up and over a steep grade. All the other engines, including… read more

Why Christian denominations aren’t going away

By Trevin Wax / Religion News Service
(RNS) Summer is the time when many Protestant denominations hold annual or biennial meetings to assess the state of their union, make policy decisions, and figure out the best way … read more

Review: Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry

By Patricia Farris
“Now there are a variety of gifts,” Paul wrote. Robert Schnase is earnest in desiring that all those gifts be given life and voice for the life, health, and mission of … read more

Shepherds or shamers? The rise of church discipline in America

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) When Karen Hinkley decided to have her marriage annulled, she had no idea it would lead to a public shaming from one of the largest megachurches in America. After learning… read more

Prescriptions for a growing church

By Bob Farr, Kay L. Kotan
In every church, the pastors and leaders say they desire their congregations to grow. Yet we struggle mightily with what appear to be some strong obstacles. We want our churches… read more
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