‘Rock star’ pastors lose their luster

By Tom Krattenmaker / USA Today
(RNS) It’s not easy being a celebrity pastor these days with that pesky Internet around. Consider the struggles of Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Faced with… read more

Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It

By Adam Hamilton
In every Christian’s life, spiritual vitality or passion wanes over time. This is actually true in all aspects of our lives. In marriage, we slowly find that the fire… read more

Juvenile detention: Why we need alternatives

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Making the Problem Worse? Journalist Nell Bernstein’s new book, “Burning Down the House,” draws from hundreds of interviews with young people in juvenile… read more

Worship for Kids: August 31, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child’s Point of View Old Testament: Exodus 3:1-15. Like Moses, most children are fascinated by the bush that burns but does not burn up. Unfortunately, their… read more

Let's talk about sex: 10 questions with Bromleigh McCleneghan

By Matthew Johnson
UMC LEAD: Hi, Bromleigh. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me for UMC LEAD. Your writing is all over the place: The Christian Century, Ministry Matters, Fidelia’s… read more

Is anyone answering Iraqi Christians’ cries for help?

By Kirsten Powers / USA Today
(RNS) Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country’s second largest city of Mosul in early June, the Islamic… read more

Does Romans 7 teach that Christians will continue sinning?

By Ben Witherington
Some point to Romans 7 as the proof-text for the saint-sinner paradox, suggesting that if even the apostle Paul struggled with his unrelenting flesh, Christians must face defeat… read more

The headlong retreat into childhood partisanship

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
When I was a child, I lived in a black-and-white world of all-this or all-that. Humankind meant my family. The world meant my neighborhood. Religion meant my church. Politics… read more

Biblical obedience and a way forward

By Roy I. Sano, Paul Franklyn
Paul Franklyn interviews retired United Methodist Bishop Roy Sano about the UMC and the conversations surrounding same-sex marriage, homosexual practice, and biblical obedience… read more

Safe as houses

By Kevin Alton, LinC (Living in Christ)
Bigger is always better, right? Not if you ask an increasing number of people gravitating toward smaller real estate. The Wiki page for the tiny house movement (also known as the… read more

Pope Francis apologizes for persecution of Pentecostals

By Josephine McKenna / Religion News Service
CASERTA, Italy (RNS) Pope Francis sought forgiveness for decades of persecution of Italian Pentecostals when he met with around 300 evangelicals from the U.S., Argentina and Italy … read more

What does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?

By Clifton Stringer
God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24 NRSV) "What is worship in spirit and truth?" the preacher asked. His answer to his own… read more
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