Thoughtful Pastor: Inerrancy and relativism

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: In 1978, around 300 evangelical leaders assembled to write and adopt the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. I believe this gathering in defense of… read more

Faith in the unseen

By Samantha Tidball
For those who were upset about the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet, there is hope for a ninth planet in our solar system after all! Astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin… read more

Servant Paul, not Apostle Paul

By Tom Fuerst
I’ve been studying Philippians recently, both because I continue to find myself attracted to the book for my own edification and because I intend to preach through it this… read more

From Bible study to movement

By Talbot Davis
Like most pastors these days, I like to preach my messages in series. I have found that thinking “serially” harnesses my mind’s creative bent and I have… read more

Churches examine white privilege

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) A year ago, when the death of Freddie Gray and resulting unrest in Baltimore filled the news, the Rev. Kathy Dwyer felt she had to do something. “Every time I turned… read more

The Bible, books with a 'religious viewpoint' among 10 most challenged books of 2015

By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
(RNS) What does the Bible have in common with Fifty Shades of Grey or one of John Green's best-selling young adult novels? For the first time in nearly a decade, the Bible made… read more

What is spiritual direction?

By Jill M. Johnson
My first encounter with spiritual direction was unintentional. After engaging in a spiritual conversation with the owner of the Texas Hill Country bed and breakfast where I was… read more


By Richard Rogers
I’m pretty sure it’s not proper English, maybe not really a word, but we understand the principle of things “compounding:” the idea of building something… read more

Why I am still a United Methodist: Grace for all; grace in all

By William H. Willimon
United Methodism demonstrates its pietistic roots when we stress the joy of every person experiencing the love of God in a way that is personal, convincing, and transforming… read more

Half Truths: Adam Hamilton and Matt Rawle

By Adam Hamilton, Matt Rawle
Matt Rawle talks with Adam Hamilton about Adam’s new book Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say. They explore a… read more

When a reading of scripture is inconsistent with the Wesleyan way

By Karen Strand Winslow
Clergy in the Wesleyan tradition believe that John Wesley and his followers developed ways of seeing God, humanity, creation, history, and contemporary life that are supported by… read more

Taxes and the common good

By Mike Slaughter
Like thousands of other Americans right now, my mind has been preoccupied with the topic of taxes more often than usual lately, no doubt given that Tax Day 2016 is looming just… read more
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