Reward: Helping children in grief

By Joseph M. Primo
Sometimes people are open and honest with me because they think I know what I’m talking about. Don’t all people in leadership roles? At the same time, though, people… read more

Peril: toils and snares of ministry

By Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner
A church, synagogue, cathedral, temple, mosque, or parish can be a dangerous place. In the Protestant tradition, there is a well-known song with a comforting line: “Through… read more

Peril: no Lone Rangers allowed

By Karen Lampe
The call came in on a Monday morning. The pastor described himself as someone who was “over the top” and “beyond his capacity” to give what his midsize… read more

Intelligences: incorporate all of them

By Barbara Bruce
For the past twenty plus years I have been a disciple of Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University and his theory of “Multiple Intelligences.” In 1983 he spoke to a… read more

Naming and claiming the future of your children

By Tom Fuerst
Even though he’s only three years old, nearly every day and every night, I tell my son, “Buddy, I want you to grow up to be a good man.” At different times and… read more

Gay, Christian and ... celibate: The changing face of the homosexuality debate

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical… read more

‘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

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
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