Stop whining, and grow up

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) The southbound Acela from New York Penn Station could go faster. If the roadbed were smoother, if the stops weren’t so frequent — you know, the usual if-onlys… read more


By Barbara Bruce
“Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” This now famous quote is attributed to Anne Herbert who is believed to have written it on a placemat in a… read more

How superstition may thwart Ebola's eradication in Guinea

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Church leaders in West Africa are raising concerns over sporadic violence that has killed one of their own and frustrated efforts to stem the Ebola epidemic… read more

Why ‘Left Behind’ should be... left behind

By Randall Hardman
On October 3, theaters across the country will be lowering their screens for the much talked about reboot of “Left Behind,” a film installment based upon the popular… read more

The 7 billion rule

By Dave Barnhart
There a seven billion people, give or take, alive on the planet. If you could give every single one of them a one-second handshake, it would take you 221 years without rest, give… read more

Great organizations empower people to think

By Ron Edmondson
Several years ago I had problems with my cable service. I made numerous phone calls and several trips to the company, all in an attempt to correct the problem while politely… read more

Pope Francis to Jews: We’re all under attack now

By Josephine McKenna / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Christians are suffering the same “savage attacks” once suffered by Jews, Pope Francis told a delegation of prominent Jewish leaders, according to… read more

5 things evangelistic churches do (small churches included)

By Kimberly MacNeill
Your church may not consider itself “evangelistic.” It may self-identify as more of a “discipleship” church. Maybe your church is one that is bold about… read more

Dying to live—Losing in order to win

By Guy Ames
Philippians 3:4b-14 Mildred always dressed like a rainbow. Not a particularly attractive woman, she wore designer clothes, pounds of makeup, and offered her faith to everyone she… read more

Many church choirs are dying. Here’s why

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) James Merritt spent years as senior pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch that featured a mighty choir. Then he changed his tune. At 50, he left First Baptist Church… read more

How to be a colorful communicator

By Tom Fuerst
A few years ago I started preaching nearly every week for the first time. Previously, I’d preached once every few months or few weeks. But when our church started our second … read more

Denominational restructuring won’t work; local churches must innovate

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) After 50 years of decline, mainline denominations are reinventing themselves, or at least “re-imagining” what the church might look like, as an Episcopal Church… read more
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