What is spiritual direction?

By Jill M. Johnson
My first encounter with spiritual direction was unintentional. After engaging in a spiritual conversation with the owner of the Texas Hill Country bed and breakfast where I was… read more


By Richard Rogers
I’m pretty sure it’s not proper English, maybe not really a word, but we understand the principle of things “compounding:” the idea of building something… read more

Why I am still a United Methodist: Grace for all; grace in all

By William H. Willimon
United Methodism demonstrates its pietistic roots when we stress the joy of every person experiencing the love of God in a way that is personal, convincing, and transforming… read more

Half Truths: Adam Hamilton and Matt Rawle

By Adam Hamilton, Matt Rawle
Matt Rawle talks with Adam Hamilton about Adam’s new book Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say. They explore a… read more

When a reading of scripture is inconsistent with the Wesleyan way

By Karen Strand Winslow
Clergy in the Wesleyan tradition believe that John Wesley and his followers developed ways of seeing God, humanity, creation, history, and contemporary life that are supported by… read more

Taxes and the common good

By Mike Slaughter
Like thousands of other Americans right now, my mind has been preoccupied with the topic of taxes more often than usual lately, no doubt given that Tax Day 2016 is looming just… read more

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, cheap grace and hero worship

By Don Crittenden
Who stands fast? Only the man whose final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, or his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all this when he is … read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Loss of faith, pantheist or panentheist?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: In response to recent events in the world, particularly the bigotry and hate that have infected American politics, I have found myself quoting Scripture… read more

Pope to stress broader conception of family

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis’ landmark text on the family, scheduled for release on Friday (April 8), is expected to encourage a more open attitude towards the… read more

United by faith

By Brent Lamberth
The 2016 presidential race has certainly led the people of the United States to become anything but united as one of the most hotly contested election races continues to divide… read more

The kindergarten stabbing

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
Many years ago, the director of my Sunday school once came to me with a problem. A girl in the third grade class felt isolated from all her peers. They ostracized her. She left… read more

Anybody here seen my old friend?

By James A. Harnish
A night to remember The news reports say that it was 48 years ago yesterday, but it lingers in my memory as if it were last year. I was a junior in college, running for Student… read more
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