Welcoming visitors without scaring them away

By Joseph Yoo
Nothing makes me feel more anxious and nervous than being bombarded all at once by people I don't know just because I worshipped with them. Don't get me wrong: I like warm and… read more

Presbyterians remove ‘Zionism Unsettled’ from website

By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service
(RNS) The Presbyterian Church (USA) has removed from its website a booklet that many Jewish groups have criticized as hostile to Israel and denigrating to Judaism. “Zionism… read more

The new research library

By Ministry Matters
In the spring of 2011, the Ministry Matters website was created for the purpose of "supporting Christian ministry with resources, community, and inspiration." Ministry Matters… read more

The trouble with the truth

By Shane Raynor, Rob Renfroe
Episode 5: How should we balance truth and grace? Shane Raynor interviews Rob Renfroe, president of Good News, a national organization committed to the doctrinal integrity and… read more

Dressing down for church

By Tom Fuerst
Why we need fewer robes and suits and more sackloth and ashes A few days ago my friend Carter was on his way to what I think was his ordination with the United Methodist Church in … read more

How to hear God’s voice and not be institutionalized

By Rich Jones
“Pastor, God told me you should . . .” So, has anyone ever said to you that God spoke to them? I guess it’s an occupational hazard for me. Over the last several… read more

Conservatives may hold key to ending death penalty

By Kirsten Powers / USA Today
WASHINGTON (RNS) Ralph Reed’s recent Road to Majority conservative confab in the nation’s capital had an unlikely exhibitor in the conference hall: opponents of the… read more

What's a pastor to do?

By Mike Coyner
Three newsworthy developments in the past week have left many of our United Methodist clergy wondering "what's a pastor to do?" regarding the issue of same-gender marriage. In… read more

How to capture an idea before you lose it

By Len Wilson
Have you ever heard the old saying, “He’s forgotten more about that than you’ll ever learn”? I sometimes feel that way about ideas. I have been given, and… read more

Giving treasure back to God

By Jacob Armstrong
Whether you are in plenty or in want, money has a direct connection to your values, your faith, and the health of your relationships. It's no wonder that in the Sermon on the… read more

World Vision tries to shore up its evangelical base

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
World Vision tested evangelical boundaries three months ago when it announced it would allow its employees to be in same-sex marriages. The policy was short-lived; the relief… read more

Moving From God as director to God as artist

By Randall Hardman
I can't draw a stick figure to save my life. I just simply have never been good at art. I can envision what I want to do or what I want to create, but translating that intention… read more
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