The decision to surrender

By Tom Berlin
Scripture: Revelation 21:1-8 Revelation 22 Key Verse: the one who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! -Revelation 22:20 NRSV What… read more

I (may) have a dream

By Paul Bonner
Some of us work all our lives to realize a dream that may not even be our own. Most college athletes would never walk away from an entire year of eligibility and a chance to win a … read more

At church rally, community pours out support for Michael Brown’s family

By Lilly Fowler / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton told a packed church on Sunday (Aug. 17) that the Michael Brown case would mark a defining moment in civil rights… read more

Read ‘Revival’ with us

By Shane Raynor
Calling all Wesley “enthusiasts.” We're reading through Adam Hamilton’s “Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It” on Ministry Matters. If you’d like… read more

You'll find what you're looking for

By Joseph Yoo
There's a wonderful midrash about two Israelite men, Reuven and Shimon who were present when God, through Moses, parted the Red Sea. As the Israelites were walking across the Red… read more

From grumble to humble

By Rob Fuquay
"Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Proverbs 12:18 NRSV Standing in line at Walgreens, a woman overheard a conversation. Another woman… read more

Reading Scripture like you're medieval

By Clifton Stringer
David Steinmetz joked that the group of scholars who assembled to write The Art of Reading Scripture – an interdisciplinary group of specialists including biblical scholars, … read more

At odds with Jesus

By Thomas R. Steagald
Matthew 16:21-28 Familiarity breeds contempt, the old saying goes, but to my mind the greater and more dangerous occasion of familiarity is indifference. We come to a text and we … read more

Why I don’t think suicide is a selfish, faithless 'choice'

By Tina Fox
(Note: Before you read this, if you know me and need me to be or remain on any kind of pedestal for some reason, please stop reading now. This is a very real, raw, painful, messy… read more

Someone tell the president: Iraqi Christians are dying

By Kirsten Powers / USA Today
(RNS) It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results have been deadly. On June 10, … read more

The heart of the matter

By David C. Hockett
Matthew 16:13-20 “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Jesus puts the question directly to his disciples. After asking what the crowds say about him—the… read more

Me, Myselfie, and I

By Rose Taylor
Society has been bombarded with selfies! They are everywhere: media, social media, schools, hospitals, churches, weddings, funerals, picnics, even . . . the restrooms. There is… read more
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