Philanthropy improves, but religious giving is down

By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans are slowly pulling themselves out of a charitable slump — except when it comes to religious groups. That takeaway from the new Giving USA report… read more

God's Appointed Time

By Angela Roberts Jones
Have you ever experienced a shift in your life — a new season — a time for some things to end or a time for a new beginning? Or have you ever gone through so much that … read more

Marriage as spiritual practice

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
There is plenty of debate taking place around the topic of marriage but it is often limited in scope. The recent battles across our nation to legally define marriage in new ways… read more

So You Preached a Lousy Sermon

By Joseph Yoo
You're standing in the narthex waiting for the people to file out of the sanctuary to greet you. And you know that you just gave an awful sermon. It wasn't due to a lack of… read more

Interview with Brian McLaren

By Shane Raynor, Brian D. McLaren
Episode 3: Shane Raynor interviews Brian McLaren on the release of his new book We Make the Road by Walking. Topics include learning circles, small groups, Brian's view of… read more

Got Religion on Campus? Leave It Off Your Resume

By Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service
(RNS) Recent college grads, take note: Mentioning a campus religion group on your resume — particularly a Muslim club — may lead to significantly fewer job… read more

Responding to Persistent Racism

By Peter Surran
Headline News Mention the name Donald Sterling to just about anyone who follows the news, and it’s likely he or she will express some variation of fatigue upon hearing it… read more

Does Responding to God's Grace Get Easier the More One Responds?

By Clifton Stringer
Does responding to God's grace get easier the more one responds? The poet Dante thought so, for one. We see this in the second installment of his Divine Comedy, The Purgatorio. In … read more

Trinity Sunday

By Wesley King
Readings: Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20 Prayer: 201 God, our Creator (Father's Day) From Worship in Daily Life © 1999 Discipleship… read more

Now is the Time to Plan

By Timothy Siburg
The calendar now says that it is June. For many people, it is the start of summer. For others, maybe it is even the heart of summer, depending on where you live. Wherever you are… read more

Worship Connection: July 20, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call … read more

Distracted

By Joseph Yoo
I think I can sum up my life — particularly my spiritual life — in one word: distracted. One Sunday, I had a church council meeting after the service and then a… read more
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