Parents of murdered boy want life for Boston bomber

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald / USA Today
BOSTON (RNS) Parents of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombings of April 2013, called on the government Friday (April 17) to end their quest for… read more

Is a state Bible a shallow Bible?

By Kira Schlesinger
In the state of Tennessee this week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would make the Bible our state book. Although it was subsequently defeated by the state… read more

Renewing our lives through the Eucharist

By David F. Watson
I’m teaching a course in church renewal right now, and one of the topics we’re examining is renewal through the liturgy, and particularly the Eucharist (or Holy… read more

I'm not a worthless sinner

By Tom Fuerst
Sometimes I hear Christians say the oddest things. And, no, I’m not just talking about odd Christians who predictably say odd things. I’m talking about the normal… read more

Jesus is alive… so now what?

By Matt Rawle
Jesus is alive! He has risen. He has risen indeed … So what am I supposed to do now? Although they shared grief and sorrow (and fear) when Jesus was in the tomb, at least… read more

Sex and Samson: Reading old texts with modern eyes

By Dave Barnhart
“Tell me how you may be bound.” These would be kinky words on the lips of any lover, but the fact that they are in the Bible makes them especially scandalous… read more


By Peter Surran
A video released in early March shows members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, chanting a racist proclamation that African-Americans would never be… read more

‘…Tenderly cradled in freefall’

By LinC (Living in Christ), Brent Lamberth
These title words, written by Kayla Mueller in a letter to her parents, described her state of mind while being held captive by ISIS in May, 2014. Kayla Mueller was a… read more

Literacy and children in poverty

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
The connection between poverty and illiteracy Poverty often has a dramatic impact on children’s literacy. Research by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 82 percent of… read more

Publishing house relocation means dealing with rare books

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
NASHVILLE (UMNS) The Rev. Brian Milford has been donning protective gloves lately, not something he expected to be doing as chief content officer for the United Methodist… read more

Worship for Kids: June 7, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 1 Samuel 8:4-11 (12-15), 16-20 (11:14-15). The questions about political power raised by this text are important and fascinating to… read more

Blood moons and the resurrection of Jesus

By Tom Fuerst
I’m honestly not all that familiar with blood moon theology. I’ve never much cared for John Hagee and his odd antics. But from the little bit I understand about his… read more
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