It's time for the end to our prayers

By James C. Howell
The human mind can’t process all this news. We feel dazed. A knot in the stomach. A kind of dark cloud has settled over the country. Orlando. Alton Sterling. Dallas… read more

Preaching to confront racism

By William H. Willimon
Moralism (substituting law for gospel, exhorting better human behavior without dependency upon God’s grace) is no match for racism. While urging us to preach justice… read more

Obama: Dallas police shootings were 'vicious, calculated and despicable'

By Gregory Korte / USA Today
WARSAW — President Obama condemned the sniper-style shootings of Dallas police officers Friday, calling them a "vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law… read more

Worship for Kids: July 24, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Hosea 1:2-10. This passage is for adults. Children not only do not get the point, but are offended by the story. Because they hear… read more

Why I write sermon manuscripts

By Talbot Davis
As a lot of you know, I write a sermon manuscript virtually every week. I am able to work several weeks ahead, so while I write one almost every week, it’s not the one… read more

Trump, evangelicals and defiant Methodists

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of the News and Religion podcast, the panel and I discuss Donald Trump's recent meeting with evangelical leaders and the decisions of several United Methodist … read more

Worship for Kids: July 17, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Amos 8:1-12. References to Old Testament worship practices, measuring units, and slavery make this text hard for children to… read more

Renegotiating midlife

By Mike Poteet
Rethinking midlife In her recent book Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife, Barbara Bradley Hagerty asks readers to rethink the “midlife… read more

After Orlando: Homophobia, gun control and 'radical Islam'

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of News and Religion, Shane Raynor and the panel discuss the Orlando shooting, homophobia, gun control and the term "radical Islam." Guests are Kira Schlesinger… read more

Worship for Kids: July 10, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Amos 7:7-17. For children, this contains two rather separate stories. Verses 7-9 focus on the plumb line and God's demanded… read more

'Roots' and Christian calls for justice

By Mike Poteet
Last month A&E Networks presented a new version of the classic miniseries Roots. Based on author Alex Haley’s novel, Roots tells a generation-spanning family history… read more

Neither coronation nor inquisition expected when Trump meets evangelicals

By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
(RNS) When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump meets behind closed doors next week with conservative Christians from across the country, no one expects a… read more
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