The Charleston tragedy: How should we respond?

By F. Willis Johnson
The ugliness of hatred and its historic vestiges have again darkened a sacred space. This is not the first time the black church has felt the wrath of white supremacy. White… read more

5 factors that create a culture of hate

By Christy Thomas
I am not going to do any second-guessing as to background and causation of the tragedy in South Carolina. The facts themselves are horrific enough: A young white man spends some… read more

Juneteenth celebration resonates in wake of Charleston, S.C., tragedy

By Melanie Eversley / USA Today
(RNS) Two days after Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire inside of an historic black church in a city with deep black historical roots, the country is poised Friday (June 19) to… read more

Emanuel AME Church: The latest victim of violence against black churches

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) For many, the massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., is simply another mass shooting. But for African-Americans, church violence has historic dimensions. The attack … read more

Slain S.C. pastor Clementa Pinckney was ‘a giant, a legend’

By Matthew Diebel / USA Today
(RNS) "He was a giant, a legend, a moral compass." Those are the words used by fellow state senator Marlon Kimpson on CNN Thursday morning to describe the Rev. Clementa Pinckney… read more

Worship for Kids: July 26, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 11:1-15. The story of David and Bathsheba is not one most people would choose to tell children. David's key problem, however… read more

A good father

By Matt Rawle
What does it mean to be a good father? What does it mean to be a bad father? Let me first offer some assumptions about fatherhood so that I neither lead you astray nor steal away… read more

Dreaming of a day when fear is defeated

By Tom Fuerst
Before March 18, 2008, I didn’t fear death. I never thought about death. Death was distant, an abstraction, something that plagued other people. But it didn’t bother… read more

Worship for Kids: July 19, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a. For scholars, this is a key Old Testament text which introduces a new theological theme. For children, it is a… read more

Why do we want to be stronger?

By Clifton Stringer
What do we mean when we say we want to be stronger? Theologian Adam Neder has thought about this, and has something profound to offer. "For most of us life is hard and we wish it… read more

Give me the good news

By Courtney T Ball
Good news can make you stronger. Early Christian storytellers knew this. They took the tragedy of their hero’s execution and turned it into a “good news” story… read more

Worship for Kids: July 12, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19. The story of David bringing the Ark to Jerusalem includes several subplots, each of which makes a comment on… read more
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