The Social Justice Issue the UMC Doesn’t Want to Deal With

By David F. Watson
Imagine that there was a pre-natal test, commonly recommended by medical personnel, to identify children who would experience depression throughout their lives. Upon receiving a… read more

Worship for Kids: May 25, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View First Reading: Acts 17:22-31. Older children will be interested in Paul's strategy in this sermon. To understand that strategy, they will need to hear … read more

Converge Bible Studies

By Converge Bible Studies
Converge Bible Studies is a series of topical Bible studies based on the Common English Bible. Each title consists of four studies on a common topic or theme. Converge can be used … read more

The Church: It's Where Christ Lives

By Chris Andrews
Acts 2:42-47 No one can make the case that the Christian faith is theoretical. It is not a system of thought, a bank of words, or a collection of ideas. Ultimately the Christian… read more

‘Heaven Is for Real’—and for Everyone in New Film

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Heaven is not only "for real," it's pretty much for everyone in the new movie based on the near-death experience visions of a precocious preschooler. The original book… read more

Just Say Something

By Tina Fox
When someone is hurting, we don't always know what to say to them. So, we say nothing. Just say something. I've read so many blogs (and written some myself) about what NOT to say… read more

Why Easter Is More Important Than Christmas

By John Partridge
In the church, we observe a handful of "holy days" but really make a big deal about two of them: Christmas and Easter. The average church person believes this to be true because… read more

When Can We Stop Calling Marriage an ‘Institution’?

By Tom Fuerst
Something in me dies every time I hear someone talk about marriage as an institution. The word "institution" seems to take all the spirit out of the word "marriage." When you prod … read more

Responding to ‘Noah’

By Peter Surran
A Flood of Controversy There's an old joke that goes like this: Q: Where was Noah when the lights went out? A: In d'ark! Dark is certainly one word that has been used to describe… read more

Treasure

By Jacob Armstrong
At the first mention of the word treasure, my mind is filled with images of pirate ships, deserted islands, and an X that marks the spot. I think of a hidden chest filled with… read more

‘Blood Moon’ Sets Off Apocalyptic Debate Among Some Christians

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) Could Tuesday's "blood moon" event be connected to Jesus' return? Some Christians think so. Around 2 a.m. EST on Tuesday (April 15), the moon will slide into Earth's shadow, … read more

Schism: Good or Bad, Don't Believe the Hype

By Shane Raynor
If you follow religion blogs and news sites, it's likely you've heard buzz about the possibility of schism in the United Methodist Church. The controversies surrounding… read more
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