Rolling a Joint, a Metaphor for a Nation Losing Its Way

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) I am sweating on the treadmill when a young man walks onto the patio outside my window, sits at a table and spreads out his drug paraphernalia. He folds a piece of white… read more

Learning Why We Do: Bible Study and the Wisdom of Love

By Chris Chakoian
Every congregation enjoys signature strengths. When I came to serve in Lake Forest, Illinois, eight years ago, I discovered a church that "gets it" about mission with profound… read more

Worship for Kids: June 22, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Genesis 21:8-21. Children are bothered by the casting out of Ishmael, as they will be bothered by next week's story of the near… read more

Anticipating Pentecost

By Kay Huggins
The story of Pentecost is one of the best known stories of the New Testament. As with the beloved stories of the Gospels— such as the Good Samaritan, the Last Supper, and… read more

Review: Cryptomnesia-how a forgotten memory could save the church

By Eric Van Meter
With the church in crisis, traditional religion on the decline, and technology both shrinking and  flattening our experience of the world, pastor and author Christine Chakoian… read more

Permissiveness and Authoritarianism

By Hal Hamilton
Psalm 78 is a favorite Psalm. It comes as close to anything I have seen in Scripture for providing a game plan for passing the faith to the next generation. We use those… read more

Exercise—Just Do It

By Barbara Bruce
You knew it was coming right? Late only because it is the 5th letter of the alphabet. In order of importance for successful aging exercise is numero uno. [Note: Before beginning… read more

How Do You Cultivate Lay Leadership?

By Timothy Siburg
You might often hear the term "lay leadership" every once and awhile in church and ministry areas of thought. Many people describe this differently. The description that I prefer… read more

The Power of a Time Audit

By Chad Brooks
Welcome to the first episode of the second season of The Productive Pastor. I LOVE doing this podcast and being part of the community. This season is going to rock. We have some… read more

Feasting on Fruit: Nine Days of Welcoming the Holy Spirit

By Kasey Hitt
Are you breathing? Then you are enjoying the gift of the Spirit of Life. Yet God is such a generous gift-giver, there is more...we have access to the dynamic, creative, and… read more

A One-String Melody

By Tricia Brown
Have you ever seen a one-stringed guitar player? I am not sure why a guitarist would choose to play with just one string. Perhaps it is because of financial limitations. Perhaps… read more

Jennifer Knapp Makes a Case for Being Gay and Christian in Upcoming Book

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) Four years ago, when musician Jennifer Knapp declared to the world that she was a lesbian, some of the conservative Christians who had purchased 1 million of her albums… read more
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