Worship for Kids: January 8, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17. Children easily follow the action in this story as it is read. When they are reminded that one purpose of baptism is naming… read more

Is the War on Christmas over yet?

By Joseph Yoo
One of the most annoying things that come out of the Christmas season is the so-called “War on Christmas” narrative that dominates news and social media feeds. The… read more

Trump's xenophobia as a summons for sermons

By William H. Willimon
While America’s election of Donald Trump as president is probably a bad thing for America, it’s a great boon for us preachers. There we were, mired in a homiletic… read more

Worship for Kids: January 1, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23. The story of the flight into Egypt is the key text for children today. It offers in a story what the other texts explore in… read more

When belief isn't enough

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
What’s the main reason people leave the church? It’s not politics. It’s not traditional worship. It’s not talk of money. It’s not unfriendly or… read more

Turkey post-coup crackdown also targets U.S. Protestants

By Dominique Bonessi / Religion News Service
ISTANBUL (RNS) After a weeklong business trip abroad, American pastor Ryan Keating was detained at the airport overnight, interrogated and then put on a plane back to London… read more

Preaching on Race: Theology Rather Than Anthropology

By William H. Willimon
Preachers talk about God, a subject more interesting than our aches and pains, a higher calling than wasting time in the pulpit talking about sex, balance, anxiety, stress… read more

A season of preparation

By Rose Taylor
Christians today (especially those who follow the liturgical calendar) observe the season of Advent as a time of expectation, preparation and celebration leading up to Christmas… read more

7 signs of healthy empowerment

By Ron Edmondson
Empowering other people on the team to be leaders — it’s called delegation — is critical to a successful church or organization. Every leader talks about… read more

Worship for Kids: Christmas Eve/Day

By Carolyn C. Brown
Christmas Eve—Day Note: The lectionary offers three sets of readings for Christmas Eve/Day. The readings are identical in each of the three cycles. In this series, Year A… read more

Taking our theology seriously

By Christopher P. Momany
While preparing my winter, upper-level seminar at Adrian College on American Religion and Antislavery Literature, I came across a powerful essay written in 1693. That’s… read more

Pope Francis denounces growing 'demonization' of enemies and outsiders

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) At a solemn ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica to elevate 17 new cardinals, Pope Francis on Saturday (Nov. 19) delivered a ringing plea to the world and his … read more
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