Welcoming the outsider

By Dave Barnhart
The risks of hospitality Hospitality would be easy if it were not also dangerous. Any act of welcoming is also a risk. That risk was made real in Charleston at Emanuel AME Church… read more

The God of the second chance

By Allan R. Bevere
In the movie Forrest Gump, after Forrest returns home from Vietnam, he travels to New York to visit his former commander, Lieutenant Dan. Dan is in a wheelchair from having lost… read more

African bishops speak out on terrorism, sexuality

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
African bishops called on The United Methodist Church to confront global terrorism and hold the line on church teachings regarding human sexuality. “As leaders of the… read more

The Iowa Caucus mob

By Courtney T Ball
There is a phrase in Latin, mobile vulgus, which means "the fickle crowd". Mobile vulgus is where we get the English word "mob". In ancient Rome, the mob became a dangerous… read more

Black, white Baptist presidents lead racial unity event

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) In an effort to foster racial unity among Christians, the leaders of the two largest Baptist denominations, one mostly white and the other predominantly black, will meet… read more

More Americans reject religion, but believers firm in faith

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) Americans as a whole are growing less religious, but those who still consider themselves to belong to a religion are, on average, just as committed to their faiths as they… read more

It takes more than race to have a successful dialogue about race

By Adrian Miller
“We need to have a national conversation about race.” I’ve heard those words a lot in the past two years, in the wake of so many tragic and deadly racial… read more

‘Chaplains’ documentary follows nontraditional faith companions to battlefield, prison

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) They can be found on the battlefield, at a chicken-processing plant and behind the locked gates of a prison. They are chaplains, and as a two-hour, two-part documentary… read more

How to add good structure to an organization

By Ron Edmondson
I think there is value in unstructured growth. We shouldn’t be afraid of growth we cannot understand. It’s messier, harder to contain, even uncomfortable at times, but … read more

At installation, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry urges Episcopalians to join ‘Jesus movement’

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) After knocking loudly three times on the door of the Washington National Cathedral, Bishop Michael Curry was installed as the new presiding bishop of the… read more

Holy Conversation

By Circuit Rider
THIS ISSUE’S TOPIC: How is your church attracting youth, making disciples, and integrating the youth into the larger church? In what ways do we unintentionally set up… read more

German Protestant church's scandalous idea rocks evangelical community

By Tom Heneghan / Religion News Service
(RNS) One of Germany’s largest Protestant regional churches has come under fire from other Christians for speaking out against efforts to convert Muslims just as tens of… read more
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