Civility and Christian faith

By Doug Paysour
Worst ever! Many are proclaiming that this year’s campaign is the worst ever, most uncivil and full of name-calling and bluster. Chuck Lorre, in his Vanity Card #539 at the… read more

Where God leads, United Methodists must follow

By M. Kathryn Armistead
The United Methodist Church is a movement built for mission, but our path is besieged by fighting and posturing. And get ready because the middle ground is being carved up too… read more

Top five hills I’ll die on

By Talbot Davis
Have you noticed people want you to take a stand these days? To make your decision, your position, your viewpoint known. It’s true in politics, it’s true in theology… read more

Why a study of history is essential for the strength of our democracy

By John Fea / Religion News Service
(RNS) Donald Trump told a large crowd at Regent University in Virginia Beach last week that if elected president he would defend religious liberty, champion evangelical values and … read more

Worship for Kids: November 27, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 2:1-5. On television and in newspaper photographs, children see the gruesome results and reality of wars and struggles between… read more

A view from above

By Mike Childress
Isaiah 2:1-5 This time of year is a real mixed bag. Advent and Christmas can be very difficult for some people. Depression and suicide increase more than any other time of year… read more

Trump vs. Hillary vs. truth

By David Dorn
Based on what the U.S. presidential candidates have said and done, which one do you line up with the most? Related: Why I’m neither optimistic nor pessimistic about… read more

Site where Romans breached Jerusalem walls is pinpointed

By Michelle Chabin / Religion News Service
JERUSALEM (RNS) The site where, nearly 2,000 years ago, the Roman army breached the outer walls of ancient Jerusalem before capturing the city and destroying the Second Jewish… read more

Niceness versus kindness

By Brent Lamberth
As is evident in most coffee shops across America, baristas are trained to offer polite conversation and care to customers while they simultaneously maintain a steady focus on… read more

Worship for Kids: November 20, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Jeremiah 23:1-6. On Christ the King Sunday, the key to this text is Jeremiah's comparison of the nation's king and its leaders to… read more

Creating a ministry self-education strategy

By Chad Brooks
Do you ever struggle with known weaknesses? Or do you feel that you don’t have adequate knowledge of something that keeps coming up in ministry? The solution is… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Am I supposed to let someone hit me?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: The Bible says to turn the other cheek when I am affronted. How do such words apply in a world full of radicalism, threats, rampant murders, bigotry and… read more
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