7 tips for offering gluten-free Communion

By Christy Thomas
In my retired life, I wander from church to church on Sunday mornings. When I was serving a church, I celebrated Holy Communion weekly, knowing I needed the sacrament for the sake … read more

Secularism grows as more U.S. Christians turn ‘churchless’

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) If you’re dismayed that one in five Americans (20 percent) are “nones” — people who claim no particular religious identity — brace yourself… read more

Southern Baptist seminary clears president after dispute over Muslim student

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) The trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have affirmed the school’s president, Paige Patterson, after investigating his decision to admit a Muslim… read more

7 lessons from the Vatican’s wild and crazy Synod on the Family

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) Pope Francis and senior Catholic leaders wrapped up their two-week Vatican summit on the challenges of modern family life on Sunday (Oct. 19) without reaching a consensus on … read more

5 lessons from church planting for every pastor

By Dave Barnhart
Our fledgling church has been worshiping weekly for a little over a year, and I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned over the past couple of years of church… read more

Orphans abandoned, shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis

By Sheilia Passewe / USA Today
MONROVIA, Liberia (RNS) Ever since Frank Mulbah’s mother died of Ebola in August, no one will go near him. “I went to my relatives after my mother died, but they… read more

Ebola: A poem for the living

By United Methodist Communications
United Methodist Communications, Chocolate Moose Media and iheed have collaborated to produce an animated video for use in West Africa that helps dispel myths about how Ebola is… read more

Vatican stuns Catholic world with greater openness toward gays and lesbians

By Josephine McKenna / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The world’s Catholic bishops on Monday (Oct. 13) signaled a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians, an about-face so unexpected that leaders… read more

Wesley's impolite enthusiasm for the Name

By Clifton Stringer
I've just read Chapter 4 of Adam Hamilton's Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It. There is so much good stuff in here. I am just blown away and humbled by John Wesley's passion. Rev. … read more

Why a Wisconsin man decided to take on the Islamic State

By Sophie Cousins / USA Today
DERIKE, Syria (RNS) Like many Americans, Jordan Matson is outraged by the brutality of the Islamic State. But unlike virtually every other American, he decided to take on the… read more

United Methodists resolve gay marriage complaint against 36 pastors without a trial

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) United Methodists in Pennsylvania have agreed to resolve a complaint filed against three dozen clergy who blessed a gay wedding without taking the case to trial. A complaint … read more

7 disappointing reasons people leave a church

By Ron Edmondson
One disappointment I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and… read more
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