Methodist constructive theology

By Sarah Heaner Lancaster
When I was a student, one of my professors tried to explain to us what our education was for. He said something like this: “A pedantic person thinks only what other minds… read more

What’s in a name? The image of God

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) There is power in a name. One of the things happening in our world right now is that people are “naming” injustice. No longer are we just talking about… read more

How self-understanding might help us quit shouting

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) A simple Internet transaction today opened my eyes. I just signed up for a time-tracking app called Toggl. Not because I was having trouble keeping track of work time and… read more

Mary's window

By Steve Harper
Imagine an ordinary day in your life — business as usual — except for one thing: You are visited by an angel. Whoa! So much for the ordinary day. That’s exactly… read more

Feeding people who are homeless

By Mike Poteet
“If the homeless want to eat . . .” “Busted for feeding the homeless in public!” So crowed late-night comedian Stephen Colbert, in character as the… read more

‘The Red Tent’: A bloody tale with a timely twist

By Jeffrey Salkin / Religion News Service
(RNS) In the beginning, there was “Noah.” Coming up, there’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” an update of Cecil B. DeMille’s classic for this… read more

Chivalry is always in style

By Melissa Slocum, LinC (Living in Christ)
Last month, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in China, many world leaders gathered to participate in economic talks. During a dinner and show hosted by the… read more

Supreme Court seems increasingly wary on death penalty

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court — the last stop for condemned prisoners such as Scott Panetti, a Texan who is mentally ill — appears increasingly wary of the death… read more

Advent calendars

By Quinn G. Caldwell
Advent calendars: They dole Christmas out glimpse by glimpse. They build up the picture or the story in slow, random-seeming increments they don’t go all the way in one… read more

Observing Advent

By Jim Hawkins
Holiday frenzy Are you busy? My hunch is you are busier now, in early December, than you are most of the year. Shopping malls and e-retailer websites are busy with people… read more

The brightest future of all

By LinC (Living in Christ), Mike Poteet
Disney’s latest animated hit, “Big Hero 6,” tells the story of fourteen-year-old robotics genius Hiro Hamada. Hiro builds “bots” used for illegal… read more

5 ideas to make the most of Advent

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
There are more reasons to take Advent seriously than there are decorative lights on your Christmas tree. Advent is often overlooked as a pre-game warmup for Christmas, which is… read more
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