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

Sexual ethics and the pro-LGBTQ argument within the United Methodist Church

By Dalton Rushing
The 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church is less than 40 days away, so the online chatter about hot-button issues is reaching a fever pitch. Predictably, it is… read more

The recipe for doubt

By Adam Thomas
Both my first and last names come from the Bible. To be sure, a large portion of names used in the United States do, but many if not most of them do not share the dubious pedigree … read more

Freedom of speech and Christian faith

By Peter Surran
Political rally protests A presidential-election cycle that had already been characterized as unpredictable took another twist on Friday, March 11. Protesters in Chicago caused… read more

The truth about lies

By Rose Taylor
National Tell a Lie Day is celebrated on April 4th and is one of many so-called “fun holidays.” It is interesting that it falls only a few days after April… read more

Digital security and privacy

By Mike Poteet
Safety and privacy in tension While investigating the December 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, the FBI recovered an Apple iPhone from the car in which the… read more

Worship for Kids: Pentecost 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Acts 2:1-21. This passage tells of the giving of the Holy Spirit and is the key story for Pentecost Sunday. Because children will have trouble… read more

The one thing we must never do: Give up hope

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
Little kids can be stubborn, but sometimes my youngest daughter takes it to a new heights. Last year we arrived at a Baskin-Robbins 15 minutes after it had had closed. She… read more

Stop. Rest. Come back to real life. This is the reason for Sabbath

By Kara K. Root
Mark 10:17-31 As a kid growing up in church, I heard this story a lot. And probably from some Sunday school book, I have burned into my memory the image of a ridiculous cartoon… read more

The risen Christ

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
God’s vindication of Jesus The new film Risen imagines what the Roman authorities’ investigation of Jesus’ disappearance from the tomb might have looked like… read more

The wonder of Easter

By Melissa Slocum
During the Christmas season, it is easy to experience a sense of wonder at the cradle of the newborn baby Jesus. But wonder is not usually the feeling with which we approach… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Is mainline the opposite of evangelical?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I grew up in an “evangelical-fundamental” Christian home. My recollection is that this meant a high regard for scripture and belief in the… read more
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