Local and implicit liturgies

By Dave Barnhart
Language is not always about communicating ideas. Language is often performance. We indicate who we are, to which tribes we belong, and what sorts of values we hold. We often do… read more

Immortality, death and desire (part 1 of 2)

By Clifton Stringer
In the course of the years, the human family has seen no shortage of plots and plans about how to prolong human life indefinitely. Ray Kurzweil's is one of these. In the words of… read more

United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer reinstated on appeal

By Renee K. Gadoua / Religion News Service
(RNS) In a surprising reversal, a Pennsylvania pastor who was defrocked last year for violating United Methodist law after he officiated at his son’s same-sex wedding has… read more

When I was your age

By Kevin Alton, LinC (Living in Christ)
For the most part, everybody always wants to be just ahead of where they are in life. Someone ahead of us in age, capability, or accomplishment catches our eye and we want to be… read more

A new way to pray

By Shane Raynor
Episode 4: Linda McCullough Moore tried something new — rather than have one "quiet time" a day, she decided to pray for at least 15 minutes four times daily. In this… read more

The church in the what?

By Laurie Haller
“The church in the what? What are you talking about?” Zach asked. He’s a college student and is our sag driver/navigator for the one thousand mile bike ride in… read more

Worship for Kids: August 3, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child’s Point of View Old Testament: Genesis 32:22-31. Although the ambiguities of this text are beyond the understanding of children, most children, especially boys, … read more

Sighs for help

By Wendy Joyner
Romans 8:26-39 It was early on a Thursday morning, long before daybreak, that I found myself driving north on I-75. My mother had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, and I was… read more

Is everyone a child of God?

By Chad Holtz
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12). The word become in the Greek is… read more

Turnaround: How dying churches can find new life

By Bob Smietana, Religion News Service
(RNS) For years, a handful of members of Hillview Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn., prayed their pews would be filled with worshippers. In early June, those prayers were finally… read more

School Lunches and Spirituality

By Mike Poteet, LinC (Living in Christ)
As another school year was winding down across the nation, a “food fight” was heating up in Washington, D.C. In late May the House Appropriations Committee voted to… read more

A pastor’s solitary march to end an injustice

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) It’s 93 degrees in Texas and the Rev. Jeff Hood is walking 200 miles across the state. What would compel somebody to do that? He wants to end the death penalty… read more
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