Sacrificing (even) our buildings for God's kingdom

By Ben Gosden
The longer I serve in a local church, the more I become aware how much our physical spaces — the spaces we use for worship, teaching, fellowship and service — say a… read more

Fighting the fires of racism

By Justin Coleman
The hashtag #ThisIsWORR is joining the list of hashtags such as #BlackLivesMatter and #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches meant to encourage sober reflection and just action in solidarity… read more

Churches rehab buildings for artist spaces

By Jesse James DeConto / Religion News Service
(RNS) On the north side of Indianapolis, the historic First Presbyterian Church is now the Harrison Center for the Arts. Its owner, the upstart Redeemer Presbyterian Church… read more

The gospel's radical cure for church institutions

By Clifton Stringer
What if only what kills you makes you stronger?  The young Kierkegaard thought a lot about the way in which Christianity is a radical cure for what ails the human. To… read more

Why the culture war’s losers shouldn’t retreat from public life

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) Now that the Supreme Court has found a constitutional right to same sex marriage, what will happen to those churches and everyday believers who disagree with the decision?… read more

From white guilt to white responsibility

By Hannah Bonner
For more than a decade now, I’ve been being told in anti-racism trainings that I carry around an invisible backpack of white privilege. This backpack was first described by… read more

Does your church dream like Jesus?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Organizations get the exact results they are designed for. A superb design yields superb fruit. A faulty design yields less than desirable fruit. It’s no different with… read more

‘Am I going to heaven?’ — Questions the Supreme Court didn't answer

By David Dorn
The Supreme Court made a landmark decision last week about gay marriage. They answered a question that has divided our country for a very long time. Though SCOTUS answered one big … read more

Episcopal Church elects Michael Curry first black presiding bishop

By Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY – Episcopal bishops have made history again. On Saturday (June 27), during a private meeting at St. Mark's Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake City, they elected… read more

United Church of Christ to boycott Washington Redskins

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) The United Church of Christ, a small progressive denomination, has called on its 1 million members to boycott Washington Redskins football games and merchandise until the… read more

Changing the culture of a church

By Karen Vannoy
“Any time you go in and you have to change a culture, it’s always smart to start heavy-handed, and you can always ease up a little, if necessary. But if you go in… read more

A rabbi walks into an evangelical church

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
Jews don’t tend to have megachurches. First of all, we’re a small population. The Sunday attendance at one megachurch could well be greater than the entire Jewish… read more
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