The power of giving

By Samantha Tidball
On Wednesday, January 14, 2016, millions of ticket holders held their breath as numbers were announced for the winner of the $1.6 billion jackpot. This was the highest drawing in… read more

AME Church founder honored with postage stamp

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Richard Allen, the first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be honored with a U.S. postage stamp commemorating his leadership of the historically black… read more

Life, death and entering midlife crisis territory

By Tom Fuerst
I’m turning 36 in a few days. I’m passing from that line of young adult to dude-who-is-about-to-have-a-midlife-crisis territory. And it’s scary. It’s not… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Facebook fights and prayers for the dead

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I’m torn between being reactive and being Christian and taking the ‘high road’. My predicament. Last night as I reviewed my Facebook news … read more

Biblical marriage

By Steve Harper
As a person who seeks to be a responsible student (notice I did not say “expert scholar”) when exploring topics of interest and importance, the recent sanctions of the … read more

Helicopter parenting

By Jill M. Johnson
Affluenza teen and his mom If you pay attention to the news or social media, then you’ve probably heard of the “affluenza” teen who gained the spotlight again… read more

Edits that make sermons stronger

By Dave Barnhart
“Murder your darlings.” Creative gurus chant it like a mantra. Who said it first is not as important as this fact: Artists from film directors to novelists to poets… read more

Worship for Kids: March 6, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. Most church children will be familiar with this story since it is included in much church school curriculum. The message… read more

Fail forward

By Samantha Tidball
Imagine winning at something you worked hard for and dreamed of your entire life. Then, minutes later, learning a mistake was made and you are not the winner after all. This is… read more

A frog must jump: Or how we always end up following our passion

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
A good friend of mine is a highly successful entrepreneur. He also happens to be a rabbi. We met in rabbinical school. At the time he planned to lead a congregation, as I do now… read more

The prophetic vocation: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on justice and peace

By Stephen J. Sidorak Jr.
I hope to accomplish three things in this essay.  First, I intend to put the renowned Riverside Church sermon, “A Time to Break Silence,” or, as it is… read more

Ultimate values

By Mike Slaughter
The third Monday in January has been labeled by some as “Blue Monday,” considered to be the most depressing day of the year. It turns out that the formula that was… read more
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