Worship for Kids: May 6, 2018

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View First Reading: Acts 10:44-48. This is a story about a time the church changed its ways to keep up with what God was doing that is, including the… read more

Pope Francis and hell

By Thomas J. Reese / Religion News Service
(RNS) — Social media has been going crazy with reports that Pope Francis has denied the existence of hell. Even some mainstream media have picked up the story supposedly… read more

Making the most of the summer slump

By Rick Quinn
Though we may be in for one more cold spell, spring is on the verge of full blossom. So why take time to go through an article on approaching the challenges and opportunities in… read more

Resurrection and suffering saints

By Mark Tooley
Last year in time for Easter the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas unveiled its panoramic new stained glass, reputedly the world’s largest. At… read more

Worship for Kids: April 29, 2018

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View First Reading: Acts 8:26-40. Some older children will recognize Ethiopia as a modern country. Others will need to have this pointed out. (Identifying… read more

10 things I wish everyone knew about Passover

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
Every year millions of Jews (and many Christians) gather around a table and celebrate Passover. We tell the story of the biblical Exodus from Egypt. This festive meal is among the … read more

Easter and April Fools

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
The divine comedy This year Easter Sunday shares the calendar with April Fools’ Day, a coincidence that last happened in 1956 and won’t occur again until 2029. This… read more

Are you addicted to your smartphone?

By Mike Poteet
Designed to addict? “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” Sean Parker, Facebook’s founding president, voiced this concern… read more

Overseers and the overthrow of Methodism's conciliar catholic unity

By Scott Kisker
With the 2019 called General Conference looming, I find myself compelled to comment on the risks posed to what I cherish about our United Methodist polity as a peculiar… read more

Worship for Kids: April 22, 2018

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View First Reading: Acts 4:5-12. Children do not understand this story unless it is read in the context of the healing of the lame man (vss. 1-11). They… read more

Trump, Stormy and the Lord's anointed

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I know this is a generalization but all generalizations have a basis in fact. When Obama was president, the conservatives in the country railed at anything … read more

Infrastructure and justice

By Laura Brekke
What is infrastructure anyway? The goal of the infrastructure plan introduced by President Donald Trump on February 12 is to create a greater synergy between public and private… read more
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