Busloads of turned-back immigrants, an image of shame

By Mary Ann Walsh / Religion News Service
(RNS) Sometimes a picture says it all. Consider the 1963 picture of fire hoses and snarling police dogs in Birmingham, Ala., used against African-American students protesting… read more

Teaching as vocation

By Jack L. Seymour
We are back at the educational questions about the way of Jesus. What does it mean to live that vocation? Here is a hint of what we will continue to encounter as we explore… read more

Zacchaeus: Honest and Tall

By Dave Barnhart
In Jewish tradition, Scripture is not merely read and applied: it is debated and examined from multiple angles. Like a gem, the sages say, “The Torah has seventy… read more

Twice-told tales

By Richard P. Heitzenrater
The Wesleyan Story One of nineteen children born to Samuel and Susannah Wesley was John Benjamin Wesley, named for two of his deceased siblings. When he was six, John was… read more

Why you need a production calendar

By Chad Brooks
I learned a huge lesson this last week that will change your ministry. The funny thing was it already applied to this episode. Isn’t it great how things work like that? In… read more

Lessons from the lawnmower: lesson 1

By Tricia Brown
It looks as if the long hard winter is finally behind us. The leaves are green. The flowers are finally starting to bloom, and the grass is growing. As I spend more time outside… read more

Time and Faith

By Jim Hawkins
The Missed Day Can you imagine missing a day, moving from Thursday to Saturday without experiencing any of Friday? The people of Samoa not only can imagine it, they have done it… read more

Last memories, first impressions

By Eric Van Meter
My friend Omar taught me the power of last memories—and the necessity of choosing a good one. Omar and I had fought many a battle together while serving in campus ministry… read more

Welcoming visitors without scaring them away

By Joseph Yoo
Nothing makes me feel more anxious and nervous than being bombarded all at once by people I don't know just because I worshipped with them. Don't get me wrong: I like warm and… read more

Presbyterians remove ‘Zionism Unsettled’ from website

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service, Religion News Service
(RNS) The Presbyterian Church (USA) has removed from its website a booklet that many Jewish groups have criticized as hostile to Israel and denigrating to Judaism. “Zionism… read more

The new research library

By Ministry Matters
In the spring of 2011, the Ministry Matters website was created for the purpose of "supporting Christian ministry with resources, community, and inspiration." Ministry Matters… read more

Immortality, death and desire (Part 2 of 2)

By Clifton Stringer
In part 1 of this two part series, we looked at the way death is, in Christian thought, simultaneously vital friend and graven enemy. This Christian way of looking at death was… read more
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