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Women in Ministry: When the Call Is Enough

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

What is interesting about the biblical examples of women who were called into ministry is that though there is no defined call narrative, the women simply took the charge from God and did what God called them to do.

Christian Pastor Accused Of Repeatedly Raping Underage Sisters

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.21.2015 | Crime

A Christian pastor in Mexico has been arrested over allegations that he raped two underage sisters more than 100 times over a four-year period. Alfre...

Why the Mormon Church Leaders Still Don't Get It

John Halstead | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

The children of LGBT couples must wait to they are 18 to receive sacraments which are routinely extended to eight year old children in the Mormon church. The Mormon church leadership has an outdated conception of "family."

Can the World Wide Web Put Humpty Dumpty Denominations Back Together?

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

In this new digital context, denominations should be fostering unity without conformity, supporting theological identity, nurturing and facilitating networks without absorbing them, training whip smart and innovative leaders, providing inspiration, helping us serve our neighbors at scale.

The Black Church: Bold and Bad Enough To Accept and Affirm

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

The prevailing Black Church culture forces too many to face the untenable choice: hide behind a mask or be cast aside from an extended family they've known all their lives.

Christians Are Outraged That Christians Are Supposedly Outraged Over Starbucks Cups

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

If you look hard enough, or just spend enough time on the internet, you can find a group of people who are upset over just about anything.

In Their Innocence: A Response to the LDS Church's New Policy on Children of Same-sex Marriages

Mary Cate Hickman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Mary Cate Hickman

My testimony of my church was still there for me, but I remained silent anytime people talked about gay marriage. When my friends talked about gay marriage at work, I would just sit there and pretend like I couldn't hear them criticizing my beliefs.

Is the Church Dying?

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

First, If the Church wishes to have any kind of viable future, it must stop pretending the Bible is an infallible book written by God and dictated through Divinely-inspired and inerrant writers.

Confessions of a Part-Time Pastor: I Don't Care (Much)

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 11.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

Sure, I complain about pompous pastors who call or email to tell me how wrong my theology is, but the truth is that those conversations are kind of fun. And they force me to think through my theological positions.

A Letter To Hipster Jesus

Sara Schaefer | Posted 11.03.2015 | Religion
Sara Schaefer

Hipster Jesus, you may have been a fantasy after all. Maybe if I truly want to live what I say I believe, it's time to stop defining you at all, even for myself. Life is short, and the only certainty is death. I don't want to spend my tiny moment here arguing over what is right for others.

The Church's Next Mission: Help Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

Today's churches have a tremendous mission opportunity before them; the mission to help children in foster care. Sadly, with roughly 500,000 children in foster care in the United States, the need is so very strong.

How This Introverted Priest Found Her Calling

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 10.27.2015 | Healthy Living

I grew up in a very Catholic family. We observed all the holy days and ate fish on Fridays, and I attended an all-girls’ Catholic high school. ...

There Have Been At Least 100 Attacks On Black Churches Since 1956

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Black Voices

Within the past two weeks, six predominantly black churches in St. Louis, Missouri have been the target of arsonists. The doors of each church have be...

Pizza Delivery Man Shocked By Church's Mega Tip

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player A 53-year-old pizza delivery man in Anchorage, Alaska, is still "glowing," day...

These 15 Tiny Churches Have Plenty Of Personality

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.17.2015 | Religion

The "tiny house movement" encourages adventurous souls to downsize their living spaces and build small, efficient and humble abodes. People...

Why Brené Brown 'Abandoned' The Church -- And Why She Went Back

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 10.16.2015 | OWN

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The Amazing Act Of Kindness This Church Did For Pizza Delivery Driver

USA Today | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion

Holy pepperoni! A Domino’s driver was left in tears when an Ohio church congregation tipped her more than $1,000 after she delivered a...

Church: A Country Club or a Table?

Josh Cobia | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Josh Cobia

I believe in a community where we don't just preach about the wonderful things that Jesus did but where we truly put those things into action. Do we actually do what He modeled? What does it look like in our context to heal the sick? To teach? To serve the least of these?

Biebs, I Hear Ya!

Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley

Justin, I saw in Relevant Magazine this past week that you are renewing your Christian faith. As a United Methodist minister, I am delighted for you. Way to go, man.

Christianity Needs a Progressive Revolution

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Christian Chiakulas

Recently I wrote a blog about what millennials like myself are looking for in a church. The answer, which apparently wasn't quite clear enough, is that we are looking for socially and politically active congregations, churches that live the gospel, not just preach it.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series: Ted Peters on God and Cosmos

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

In his 1979 book Disturbing the Universe, Freeman Dyson wrote, "As we look out into the universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the universe must in some sense have known we were coming."

Churches Could Fill Their Pews With Millennials If They Just Did This

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Christian Chiakulas

I'm all for love and a personal relationship with God, but I choose to follow the man who teaches that political action is worship, that social justice is love. What we're looking for is a church that preaches not just transcendental love, but that prophetic fire that makes Jesus so appealing.

What Pope Francis Says to Us "Lost Sheep"

Lauren Boyle | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.

The Outpouring of the Spirit

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

As Jesus followers gathered on Pentecost Sunday, 50 days after the Sabbath following his crucifixion, they were startled by rushing winds and tongues of fire.

Churches Offer Fugitives Running From The Law A Safe Place To Surrender

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) The first people that fugitives encountered when they surrendered themselves on a humid September weekend weren’t cops, j...