Old just ain’t what it used to be

By Ed Zinkiewicz
The word old used to carry a mantel of respect. An old person was one who had achieved something, arrived, had matured. Grandfathers and grandmothers were the revered ones for… read more

Hunger in America: 1 in 7 rely on food banks

By Natalie DiBlasio / USA Today
LORTON, Va. (RNS) When Mary Smallenburg, 35, of Fort Belvoir, Va., opened a package from her mother to find cereal and ramen noodles, she burst into tears. Without it, she… read more

A decluttered faith

By Ray Waddle
There’s a long and passionate spiritual tradition of waiting for God, waiting for revival, waiting for a personal sign or the end of time—waiting for something… read more

The other narrative about Ferguson, Mo.

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) Left to their own devices, residents and officials of Ferguson, Mo., probably could have sorted out the shooting of an unarmed teenager for the apparent crime of… read more

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

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
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