Orphans abandoned, shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis

By Sheilia Passewe / USA Today
MONROVIA, Liberia (RNS) Ever since Frank Mulbah’s mother died of Ebola in August, no one will go near him. “I went to my relatives after my mother died, but they… read more

Pagan holiday? NJ school district cancels, reinstates Halloween celebrations

By Jessica Mazzola / Religion News Service
MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (RNS) A New Jersey elementary school canceled and reinstated its Halloween celebration this week in a debate that reflects societal ambivalence about the… read more

Reformation Sunday: A day to celebrate?

By Mike Poteet
If your congregation sings Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” in worship on October 26, it won't be alone. Many Protestant churches mark the… read more

Ebola: A poem for the living

By United Methodist Communications
United Methodist Communications, Chocolate Moose Media and iheed have collaborated to produce an animated video for use in West Africa that helps dispel myths about how Ebola is… read more

Further on up the road

By Rick Brand
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 As best I can remember it, the comment came as part of a discussion about the media frenzy immediately following the capture of the two suspected snipers… read more

Should Christians engage in advocacy?

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Churches are continually engaging in ministries of mercy and compassion with people who are vulnerable. Whether it’s starting a food pantry to respond to neighbors who are… read more

Seeing the body through Christian eyes

By Mike Poteet, LinC (Living in Christ)
In late August computer hackers accessed the private photos of one hundred women celebrities. Many of these photos were nude or seminude images taken with cell phones and stored… read more

Shroud of Turin conference draws believers to St. Louis

By Lilly Fowler / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. LOUIS (RNS) A 14-foot-long stretch of cloth mysteriously imprinted with a faint, brownish image of a naked man and wounds that mirror those of a crucifixion has inspired… read more

Jesus Khan

By Dave Barnhart
The meaning of words is slippery. Dictionary definitions provide the illusion of stability, but words also carry with them images, metaphors, and connotations. This is why I love… read more

Rediscovering worship in the Old Testament

By Brian Sigmon
Be honest. You read that title and expected me to talk about sacrificing goats, didn’t you? Before you start reminding me of Hosea 6:6 or Christ’s once-for-all… read more

What a view!

By Neil Epler
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Wow! What a view! Have you ever said those words? I wonder if Moses said them when he climbed Mount Pisgah and looked out at the promised land. Most of us have … read more

Speaking without notes

By Tom Fuerst
About six weeks ago, a few friends challenged me to take my preaching to the next step by preaching without notes. A part of me was really excited about this challenge — not … read more
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