Marriage as spiritual practice

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
There is plenty of debate taking place around the topic of marriage but it is often limited in scope. The recent battles across our nation to legally define marriage in new ways… read more

So You Preached a Lousy Sermon

By Joseph Yoo
You're standing in the narthex waiting for the people to file out of the sanctuary to greet you. And you know that you just gave an awful sermon. It wasn't due to a lack of… read more

Who Wrote the Gospels?

By Ben Witherington, Seedbed
Who wrote the Gospels? Higher criticism of the Bible challenges the traditional attributions of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In this Seven Minute Seminary video from… read more

Interview with Brian McLaren

By Shane Raynor, Brian D. McLaren
Shane Raynor interviews Brian McLaren on the release of his new book We Make the Road by Walking. Topics include learning circles, small groups, Brian's view of Scripture… read more

Got Religion on Campus? Leave It Off Your Resume

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service, Religion News Service
(RNS) Recent college grads, take note: Mentioning a campus religion group on your resume — particularly a Muslim club — may lead to significantly fewer job… read more

Responding to Persistent Racism

By Peter Surran
Headline News Mention the name Donald Sterling to just about anyone who follows the news, and it’s likely he or she will express some variation of fatigue upon hearing it… read more

Does Responding to God's Grace Get Easier the More One Responds?

By Clifton Stringer
Does responding to God's grace get easier the more one responds? The poet Dante thought so, for one. We see this in the second installment of his Divine Comedy, The Purgatorio. In … read more

Washington-Area UCC Votes to Boycott Redskins Team

By Erik Brady / USA Today
(RNS) The United Church of Christ for the mid-Atlantic region passed a resolution Saturday (June 14) asking its 40,000 members not to buy game tickets or wear any souvenir gear of … read more

Forgiveness

By Barbara Bruce
Forgiving someone for hurting you mentally or physically is not easy. Forgiving someone for hurting you mentally or physically is an essential part of health and healing in… read more

Now is the Time to Plan

By Timothy Siburg
The calendar now says that it is June. For many people, it is the start of summer. For others, maybe it is even the heart of summer, depending on where you live. Wherever you are… read more

Distracted

By Joseph Yoo
I think I can sum up my life — particularly my spiritual life — in one word: distracted. One Sunday, I had a church council meeting after the service and then a… read more

How to Have a Great Weekend

By Chad Brooks
Welcome to this episode of The Productive Pastor. I have some great resources to share, great conversations and a great announcement. The focus conversation this episode is having … read more
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