Dealing with a polarized culture

By David Dorn
How do you deal with a culture that begs you to choose a side? David Dorn is the Lead Contemporary Pastor for Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler, Texas. He is also the … read more

I am sending you

By Mike Slaughter
All who are thirsty should come to me! All who believe in me should drink! As the scriptures said concerning me, “Rivers of living water will flow out from within… read more

Wheaton College must decide hijab-wearing prof’s future — and its own

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) In a moment when relations between Christians and Muslims are so strained, claiming that adherents of the two religions worship the same God can be controversial. But when… read more

Fighting the bigotry virus

By David Person
Last Friday I watched a young, dark-skinned man with Arabic features and long, swept-back hair drop to his knees and bow as Muslims do when praying. I was sitting at Gate 10 of… read more

American mosques trying to protect bodies and spirits from hate

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) Following a surge of attacks on mosques and Muslims — a backlash against recent extremist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino — Islamic leaders have been… read more

The greatest difference a church can make

By David Staal
Every year, significant events take place that ripple for years.   For instance, consider 1994. Justin Bieber was born in Canada and apartheid died in South Africa. Share… read more

Stones crying out: Listening to former atheists

By Drew McIntyre
He answered, “I tell you, if they were silent, the stones would shout.”  — Luke 19:40 (CEB) In today’s rapidly changing religious landscape, we often… read more

Paris redux: Let heaven and nature sing

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Good news is emerging from Paris, even as the City of Light continues to clear away wreckage from recent deadly terror attacks. In a Parisian suburb, top leaders from around the… read more

What I no longer believe is true about congregations

By Susan Nienaber
For most of my consulting practice, I “held certain truths to be self-evident.” One of these truths had to do with the capacity of congregations to revitalize. I have… read more

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry recovering from surgery

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) The new leader of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, is recovering from surgery to remove blood that had pooled beneath his skull, and expects to return… read more

Have yourself a very manly Christmas?

By Kira Schlesinger
Last week, the Diocese of Oxford published a blog post on how to make your Christmas services more “man-friendly” (the blog post has since been taken down, though you… read more

Pope Francis opens doors to ‘Year of Mercy’ in a time of fear

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis launched the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Tuesday (Dec. 8) with the opening of the Vatican Holy Door near the end of a Mass in St. Peter's Square where … read more
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