The truth about lies

By Rose Taylor
National Tell a Lie Day is celebrated on April 4th and is one of many so-called “fun holidays.” It is interesting that it falls only a few days after April… read more

Digital security and privacy

By Mike Poteet
Safety and privacy in tension While investigating the December 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, the FBI recovered an Apple iPhone from the car in which the… read more

Worship for Kids: Pentecost 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Acts 2:1-21. This passage tells of the giving of the Holy Spirit and is the key story for Pentecost Sunday. Because children will have trouble… read more

The one thing we must never do: Give up hope

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
Little kids can be stubborn, but sometimes my youngest daughter takes it to a new heights. Last year we arrived at a Baskin-Robbins 15 minutes after it had had closed. She… read more

Stop. Rest. Come back to real life. This is the reason for Sabbath

By Kara K. Root
Mark 10:17-31 As a kid growing up in church, I heard this story a lot. And probably from some Sunday school book, I have burned into my memory the image of a ridiculous cartoon… read more

The risen Christ

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
God’s vindication of Jesus The new film Risen imagines what the Roman authorities’ investigation of Jesus’ disappearance from the tomb might have looked like… read more

The wonder of Easter

By Melissa Slocum
During the Christmas season, it is easy to experience a sense of wonder at the cradle of the newborn baby Jesus. But wonder is not usually the feeling with which we approach… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Is mainline the opposite of evangelical?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I grew up in an “evangelical-fundamental” Christian home. My recollection is that this meant a high regard for scripture and belief in the… read more

Merrick Garland is Jewish. Does it matter?

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, would be the fourth Jewish justice if confirmed. For Jews, who represent about 2 percent of the population, … read more

Do Jews believe in resurrection of the dead?

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
The hardest chapter to write for my book on the Jewishness of Jesus was the one on resurrection. I tried to avoid it, but my editor insisted. Resurrection of the dead is not a… read more

What holds life together when everything is coming loose?

By James A. Harnish
Rely on the Cantus Firmus Watching the daily news, we would have good reason to identify with one of the angels in the Broadway play, “Green Pastures,” who sees the… read more

Digital privacy and faithful discipleship

By Mike Poteet
Last month a federal judge ordered Apple, Inc. to help the FBI retrieve encrypted data from an iPhone used by one of the shooters responsible for the December 2015 mass shooting… read more
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