I shine when you shine

By Kira Schlesinger
Like many girls, growing up I was socialized to view other women as my competition. I constantly compared my grades, my body, my clothes and my accolades with those of my friends… read more

Can a pastor be a friend?

By Todd Outcalt
In her memoir, Leaving Church, Barbara Brown Taylor speaks to the varied struggles of being a parish pastor. The demands are legion, with time and energy being two of the… read more

'Tis the season: Separation of church and state

By James C. Howell
With much wisdom and foresight, the founders of America built a “wall of separation” between Church and state. Thomas Jefferson was adamant that the state has no… read more

5 ways to help the church even when you struggle to support the pastor

By Ron Edmondson
On a regular basis, I receive an email from a staff member of a church with the same question. They are in an awkward position where they don’t respect the pastor, but love… read more

The moment when you realize you're Pharaoh

By Joseph Yoo
We had promised our son a new bike when we moved to Houston. While he was in Dallas staying with his cousins, I figured it would be a great surprise for him to come home and see… read more

Pope Francis gives confirmation sacrament to gravely ill teen

By Josephine McKenna / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has once again demonstrated his concern for the sick and disabled by giving a seriously ill Italian teenager the sacrament of confirmation at the… read more

'Tis the season: Whose side is God on?

By James C. Howell
In America, we have what appears to be an ever-widening divide between conservatives and liberals. Which side is God on? Or is there one God’s a little more fond of? Abraham … read more

A moment can change everything...so wait for it

By David Staal
Hope is easy to share. At least that’s what Karen, a retired but still energetic administrator in Iowa discovered. She said yes to volunteer as a mentor based on two facts:… read more

Why is Christianity declining in America?

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of News and Religion, the panel and I discuss reasons for the so-called decline of Christianity in America put forward in a recent column by ethicist David Gushee. … read more

'Tis the season: How religion and politics mix

By James C. Howell
Read Rev. Howell's previous 'Tis the Season articles covering the 2016 election here. Miss Manners taught that there are two subjects to avoid in polite conversation:… read more

The cross or the flag

By Kira Schlesinger
As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, a date that happens to fall on a Sunday this year, I am sure many churches are preparing to address… read more

The EpiPen controversy: Christians, health care and free markets

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of the News and Religion podcast, the panel and I discuss the recent EpiPen controversy, including the role Christians play in health care, free markets and… read more
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