Franklin Graham’s Facebook prayers target Supreme Court justices on gay marriage

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) Evangelist Franklin Graham has taken to Facebook to plead for prayers on behalf of each U.S. Supreme Court justices as they prepare to rule on gay marriage. Recognizing… read more

Evangetality: Best practices for evangelism and hospitality

By Jim Ozier
At last year’s School of Congregational Development, Olu Brown, pastor of Impact Church in Atlanta, wowed the crowd with his portrayal of “scout evangelism,”… read more


By Lia McIntosh
We live in an Internet, Instagram, iPod, “selfie” culture that values individuality, exclusivity, and anonymity. Yet, one our deepest needs as humans is to belong. We… read more

Bright spots and tough challenges for evangelicals in Pew survey

By Trevin Wax / Religion News Service
(RNS) The survey of America’s religious landscape released by the Pew Research Center last week engendered controversy, with headlines and articles latching onto one aspect… read more

What ‘I love you’ sounds like

By Matt Rawle
“And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared… read more

On Christian unity

By David F. Watson
“Unity” is a big topic in the United Methodist Church these days. People are worried about institutional division, and rightly so. Acts of intentional and public… read more

How the church gets happiness right and wrong

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
What makes for happiness? The Beatitudes capture Jesus’ apocalyptic teaching on happiness or blessedness. Blessed or happy are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who … read more

Ways to love

By Connie Cole Jeske
I sat around a table with my small group last night. As we ate dinner I asked, “What comes to your mind when you hear the word evangelism?” For the most part… read more

Giving up the ghost: Toward a new theology of white allyship

By Kenneth J. Pruitt
The last nine months here in St. Louis, Missouri have changed our lives irrevocably. It is still too soon to begin to explain in everyday words how we feel about what transpired… read more

A better reflection: The church, racism and our future

By Michael W. Waters
As the American presidency of Barack Obama nears its conclusion, political pundits have begun the work of historically defining his terms in office. Among their considerations is… read more

Evangelism or hospitality — or both?

By Olu Brown
Some may contend that there is a stark difference between evangelism and hospitality, but I believe that in twenty-first-century culture they are the same strategy reflected… read more

Southern Baptists to open their ranks to missionaries who speak in tongues

By Yonat Shimron / Religion News Service, Greg Horton
(RNS) After decade-long resistance, the Southern Baptist Convention will admit missionary candidates who speak in tongues, a practice associated with Pentecostal and charismatic… read more
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