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Mardi Gras Fashion Advice for the Church

Bert Montgomery | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

As we approach Mardi Gras Day, this New Orleans-born minister cannot help but wonder, if Paul and Jesus were riding by on a parade float, would they be able to pick me out of the crowd by what I had on? Would they be able to recognize you?

What the Church Can Gain From Watching Super Bowl 50

Rob Lee | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Rob Lee

It seems as if the institutional church is on a steep road down to nowhere. The latest numbers show church attendance is down and continues to go down...

John, Just a Baptist, Seeking the Same Grace

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

What chills me to the bone is to ponder the fate of those who have misled, or who continue to mislead others down the path of religion rather than into relationship with Christ.

Finding Faith in Flint

Ryan P. Cumming | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Ryan P. Cumming

As I sit in Pastor Villarreal's office holding a bottle of murky brown water drawn from the taps at Salem Lutheran, she tells me about the deep pain resonating throughout her neighborhood. She describes the guilt of parents who gave their children lead-filled water to drink, of the frustratingly slow state response, of the opportunistic lawyers and media now spilling into Flint.

The One Group the Church Needs to Welcome

Steve Austin | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Steve Austin

I hurt for those who are sitting in the pews, baptized as teenagers, and now barely holding on. I am crushed for the Christians seeking sanctuary on Sunday morning, who instead find one more obligation they must meet. The Christians who need a holy place to come, lay down their burdens, and simply rest.

Is the Church of England Fit for Purpose?

Casper ter Kuile | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Casper ter Kuile

Rather than assuming it knows what people need, the church should ask and listen. Then, with courage and creativity, can the church strengthen once again -- purposeful and alive.

An Awakening of Hope

Rev. Rachel Christine Hébert | Posted 01.28.2016 | Religion
Rev. Rachel Christine Hébert

Perhaps the most frequent question I've been asked from ordination exams to becoming a pastor who works with college students has been, "What do you think is going to happen to the future of the church with so few young people going to church?"

The Rationalization of Racial Injustice

Bryan Stevenson | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Bryan Stevenson

From Ferguson, Missouri, to Charleston, South Carolina, communities are suffering the lethal consequences of our collective silence about racial injustice. The church should be a source of truth in a nation that has lost its way. As the dominant religion in the United States, Christianity is directly implicated when we Christians fail to speak more honestly about the legacy of racial inequality.

I Visited This Hipster Church -- And It Was Infuriating

Jack Levison | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Jack Levison

I get up early on Sunday morning and drive to the manufacturing district, which is totally desolate. I'm self-conscious because I'm visiting a hipster church.

Rev. Run on the Tricky Mix of Social Media and Ministry

Julian DeShazier | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Julian DeShazier

There was a time when sending a tweet from church would have been taboo, but now with so many churches connecting digitally, it's more commonplace. That doesn't mean we're good at it, though.

Why Do Mormons Have Churches and Temples?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Mormon temples are beautiful architectural additions to any city they are in. When Mormons arrived in Salt Lake City in 1847, the first thing Brigham Young did was to mark out the temple site.

Proud Women of Africa: Ruthy Goes to Church

Julia Gunther | Posted 01.20.2016 | Women
Julia Gunther

Co-authored by Nick Schönfeld. As a documentary photographer, I've found that life is about connections. Not the networking, business-card-carrying-...

Bishop Keith L. Clark Talks About A Taboo Subject in Church - Sex

Y'Anad Burrell | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Y'Anad Burrell

It's time to take off the kid gloves when talking about certain 'taboo' subjects in the Black church. We've shunned away from sharing with congregations about life experiences that can really change the lives of people and development them mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

How I Gradually Lost My Religious Faith As I Grew Older

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 01.18.2016 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

When did this happen? When did I lose faith in the fundamental beliefs of Christianity that I'd been raised to respect? What caused me to lean toward atheism? Did I miss something in confirmation class?

The Seekers Who Aren't

Greg Cootsona | Posted 01.17.2016 | Religion
Greg Cootsona

Having spent two decades on church staffs and thus in conversations with other pastors, I've heard it declared many times that there are hoards of seekers out there whom we have to attract to our Sunday worship services.

The Sexist Reason This Church Looks Like A High-Heeled Shoe

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion

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When Human Trafficking Victims Are Among Your Church Congregation

Raleigh Sadler | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion
Raleigh Sadler

Everyone is looking to be loved. Anna was no exception. While still in her late teens, she met and fell in love with an older man who gave her what she craved. "Could he be the one to love and accept me for who I am?" she wondered.

Church Bells Ring Out 'Space Oddity' In Spine-Tingling Tribute To David Bowie

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 01.12.2016 | Entertainment

David Bowie's death has rightfully sparked a multitude of tributes, but this could be the most spine-tingling of them all. Bells at a 634-year-ol...

Racism Is a Faith Issue

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

To put this in a religious context: overcoming the divisions of race has been central to the church since its beginning, and the dynamic diversity of the body of Christ is one of the most powerful forces in the global church. Our Christian faith stands fundamentally opposed to racism in all its forms, which contradict the good news of the gospel.

Your 2016 Church Goals Should Start Here

Tim Suttle | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Tim Suttle

The most powerful reason the church is struggling in North America right now is that the church's way of being in the world does not represent a genuine alternative to the norms of the culture.

Truer Words Were Never Spoken

Ken Fong | Posted 12.23.2015 | Religion
Ken Fong

It's now been twenty years since I became senior pastor of the church that stayed put. During the past two decades the losses have kept piling up.

What Does It Mean to Be a Spiritual Person?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

People often confuse spirituality with religion. People can be both religious and spiritual, but it is also possible to be religious without being spi...

Pastors Wield Lightsabers In Special 'Star Wars' Church Service

Associated Press | Lee Moran | Posted 12.20.2015 | Weird News

BERLIN (AP) — The force is strong in Berlin. A church in the German capital invited "Star Wars" fans to attend a special service Sunday themed ...

You Can Worship 'Star Wars' At This Movie-Themed Church Service

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 12.15.2015 | Weird News

"Star Wars" inspires an almost religious devotion in many fans. And now they have somewhere to officially worship the space opera movie franchise. The...

Our Bad Theology Is Killing Faith in the God of Life

Scott MacDougall | Posted 12.11.2015 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

In the most recent episode of her excellent WNYC podcast, Death, Sex & Money, host Anna Sale has a conversation with Diane Gill Morris. Morris is the ...