Fail forward

By Samantha Tidball
Imagine winning at something you worked hard for and dreamed of your entire life. Then, minutes later, learning a mistake was made and you are not the winner after all. This is… read more

A frog must jump: Or how we always end up following our passion

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
A good friend of mine is a highly successful entrepreneur. He also happens to be a rabbi. We met in rabbinical school. At the time he planned to lead a congregation, as I do now… read more

The prophetic vocation: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on justice and peace

By Stephen J. Sidorak Jr.
I hope to accomplish three things in this essay.  First, I intend to put the renowned Riverside Church sermon, “A Time to Break Silence,” or, as it is… read more

Ultimate values

By Mike Slaughter
The third Monday in January has been labeled by some as “Blue Monday,” considered to be the most depressing day of the year. It turns out that the formula that was… read more

Respecting other religions

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
A resurgence of fear and hostility Since the Paris attacks perpetrated by ISIS and the shooting attack at the San Bernardino social service center, fear of and hostility toward… read more

The courage to listen

By Brett Younger
1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) The year after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, I was a third grader in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I lived in a segregated world—separate and… read more

The overuse of antibiotics

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
Antibiotic overuse Since antibiotics were introduced into medicine in the 1940s, they’ve become indispensable in fighting disease. But even so, their overuse has been… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Failed marriages and mental illness

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: How does one trust this institution of marriage after a failed one? Oh, this is a short question heavy with layers of hurt, disappointment, sadness and… read more

Why United Methodists baptize babies

By John Lomperis
Much of the confusion infant baptism causes across the theological spectrum could be eased if pastors and others could make some brief clarifying remarks about what this sacrament … read more

This isn't about money … sort of

By Matt Rawle
Jesus tells the disciples a story about a man who will be going away on a journey near the end of his ministry (Matthew 25:14-30). This man shares his wealth with his servants… read more

Star Wars and the continuing saga of faith

By Mike Poteet
Star Wars: The Force Awakens started blasting box-office records at its debut (December 18). It grossed 700 million dollars domestically faster than any film (likely even faster… read more

Protesters push to 'Reinstate Doc Hawk' on first day of Wheaton's spring semester

By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) Protests and prayer marked the first day of the spring semester at Wheaton College after an acrimonious holiday break during which the evangelical school… read more
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