Being 'pastoral'

By Daniel McLain Hixon
When I was in seminary, people often used the world "pastoral" when they meant "comforting." People would say "I'm not doing systematic theology right now, I am doing pastoral… read more

Learning to fear like Christians

By William H. Willimon
"Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved,” we sing in our most beloved hymn. Grace is the unmerited love of God in Jesus Christ, the power of… read more

A leadership experiment: The little things matter

By Ron Edmondson
In making a first impression, the little things matter. When a visitor shows up on our church campus for the first time, the little things matter. When a parent decides to trust… read more

To reach 'nones,' try experimental churches

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — In much of the Pacific Northwest, people would rather get their teeth cleaned than go to church, the Rev. Beth Ann Estock said. Estock is a church… read more

Teach kids how to count (on you)

By David Staal
Life happens in moments. Many qualify as mundane; others rather exhilarating. Once, while swimming in the ocean, a large wave knocked over my daughter, who was five years old at… read more

Learning to see

By F. Willis Johnson
In "We Have This Ministry: The Heart of the Pastor’s Vocation," Samuel Dewitt Proctor and Gardner Calvin Taylor suggest we are uniquely challenged in our work as pastors. In … read more

Constantine in Tennessee

By Bill Mefford
Watching the Tennessee legislature debate whether to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of making the Bible the state’s official book reminds me that very few of those… read more

Fear of the Other: Interview w/ William H. Willimon

By Shane Raynor
Earlier this week I had a conversation with Bishop Will Willimon about engaging the outsider and the stranger and genuinely loving them as Christ loves us. Bishop Willimon's new… read more

From Bible study to movement

By Talbot Davis
Like most pastors these days, I like to preach my messages in series. I have found that thinking “serially” harnesses my mind’s creative bent and I have… read more

The power arena

By Steve Harper
The ego gravitates toward control and the exertion of power. This is not all bad. Without ego, we would have no will power, and on our best day, that would neither be a good thing … read more

Pentecostal revival sweeps parts of West Coast

By Julia Duin / Religion News Service
(RNS) They call it the West Coast Rumble: a set of multiweek revivals in Seattle and San Diego, plus a large Christian rally in Los Angeles two weekends ago. The main players are… read more

Churches examine white privilege

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) A year ago, when the death of Freddie Gray and resulting unrest in Baltimore filled the news, the Rev. Kathy Dwyer felt she had to do something. “Every time I turned… read more
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