Playing the comparison game

By Joseph Yoo
I’ve always felt an affinity with Peter. Sometimes I like to think he was named Rock... as in, “dumb as a rock.” He’s often impulsive with his actions and… read more

Discipleship and political engagement: An interview with Bradley Burroughs

By Clifton Stringer
Recently I was able to visit with Dr. Bradley Burroughs. His reflections spring out of deep concern for Christian discipleship as it relates to political engagement, including the … read more

Politics, religion and the heartbreak of abortion

By James C. Howell
When it comes to all the political combat in the past 40+ years over abortion, Parker Palmer’s wisdom helps us:  “Rage is simply one of the masks that… read more

'Tis the season: Race and politics

By James C. Howell
A question many Americans will argue over is whether race should be “politicized.” In ways we may not realize, race is and always has been a profoundly political… read more

Race, justice and the church

By Gregory V. Palmer, Justin Coleman, F. Willis Johnson
On this episode of Ministry Matters Radio, Justin Coleman, F. Willis Johnson and Bishop Gregory Palmer discuss the church's role when it comes to race and justice issues in our… read more

Ready or not …

By Paul Bonner
Teens regularly hear the words, “You’re too young!” Even more often it’s implied, and it feels like an insurmountable barrier during the growing-up years… read more

Community organizing

By Dave Barnhart
What is community organizing? The first time many Americans heard the phrase community organizing was when it was listed as part of Barack Obama’s resumé in the 2008… read more

The 3 rules of survival that will do us in

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
I’ve never heard a denominational executive say these words before: “You were called by God to serve the Kingdom. So do that. Don’t worry about the institutional … read more

My thoughts on the WCA meeting in Chicago

By Shane Raynor
I was in Chicago on Friday (October 7) for the first meeting of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, a group of evangelical United Methodists “committed to the Wesleyan… read more

'Tis the season: Politics and the poor

By James C. Howell
Shortly before his crucifixion, Jesus said “The poor will always be with you” (Mark 14:7). He wasn’t saying Therefore ignore them, or There’s… read more

Three "I's" of stewardship

By Todd Outcalt
One of the newest college majors to emerge in universities across the country is philanthropy. Organizations, from non-profits to foundations to the university endowments… read more

Staying focused on older adults

By Judy Bumgarner / Cokesbury Commons
The future of our churches, in whatever form they may take, will depend upon today’s young adults. We’ve learned through countless studies, as well as from personal… read more
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