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Reframing Forgiveness

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We can't force someone to forgive. Therefore, the road to forgiveness may also involve understanding the person who has harmed us. This requires starting off on a journey that may entail a close examination of the person we need to forgive. The journey can be long and torturous.

More Than A Nation: A Celebration Of Americans

Jim Moore | Posted 07.05.2016 | Good News
Jim Moore

On this July 4th weekend, I'd like to take a moment to make clear just what it is I believe I'm celebrating, or, more precisely, who I believe I am ce...

61-Year-Old Polygamous Pastor: ‘I Believe Polygamy Benefits My Wives’

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 06.24.2016 | Dr. Phil

“Most of my spiritual life, I’ve been interested in polygamy,” says Thom, a former convict-turned-pastor. “You read through the Old Testament,...

The Death of the Church Bake Sale

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 06.13.2016 | Religion
Zachary K. Pearce

Maybe the brownies got burnt. You know what, that's probably a good thing! There's a great scene in the 1998 film Simon Birch, when one of the main c...

Beware When Religion Makes You Feel Nostalgic

Rev. Jennifer Wilder | Posted 06.10.2016 | Religion
Rev. Jennifer Wilder

We want to have heroes, and we want to remember the good times, but the times our Bible discusses were not idyllic, not even really good.

On the Importance of Disappointing Your Congregation...

Tim Suttle | Posted 05.26.2016 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Pastors cannot agree to meet the needs and whims of their congregation. We're not allowed to comply to their wishes, if their wishes require a superstar pastor who keeps the church upwardly mobile. This life, however, is not healthy for the pastor.

Not in My Name: 6 Reasons This Cisgendered Woman Pastor Stands for Bathroom Justice

Rev. Ashley Harness | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Rev. Ashley Harness

I've watched as people have claimed my faith as a tool of harm against my trans* and genderqueer siblings. I've watched as men claimed to protect me, while really using my safety as a pawn in political games. Not in my name -- as a Christian or as a woman.

Is Your Congregation a Clergy Killer? How Churchgoers Matter to Mental Health of Pastors

David Briggs | Posted 04.29.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Clergy who serve flocks that support them in their times of need and let their pastors know how much they mean to them are much more likely to be satisfied in their ministry and have a higher quality of life, according to a new study.

The Heartbreaking Loss Joel Osteen Endured Days After His Fateful First Sermon

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 03.28.2016 | OWN

As the leader of the country's largest Protestant church, it might be hard to imagine Joel Osteen as anything other than a public figure followed by m...

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

"Hope is a choice." I was reminded of that recently. Hard work has its place, believe me I know, but if our ultimate trust is absolute productivity, then Christ's leadership becomes suggestive not authoritative.

#AJustFaith Against Religious Bigotry

Benjamin Evans III | Posted 02.15.2016 | Religion
Benjamin Evans III

In Florida, the "Pastor Protection Act" (HB 43) is moving through the legislature which, as of now, ensures pastors or other religious leaders aren't forced to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs and would help protect them from lawsuits.

How I Balance Life as a Black Pastor and Police Officer

Pastor Corey Hambrick | Posted 02.03.2016 | Black Voices
Pastor Corey Hambrick

The bottom line to serving as a Pastor and a Police officer is perspective. Although blurred at times, balance comes in knowing the exact perspective in which I serve and make decisions for that moment, and that ability only comes from one single source- God.

Finding Legacy in a Spoonful of Peas

Shandra Carlson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Shandra Carlson

freeimages.com/martarostek "More peas, I think," as I asked what he wanted to eat next. I sang at his retirement celebration 14 years earlier and now...

Pastor Wanted For Raping Teen Is In Ecuador, Police Say

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.21.2016 | Crime

A former pastor thought to be on the run after allegedly raping a teenage girl is trying to return from Ecuador to turn himself in, police said Tuesda...

From Jerry Falwell to Barack Obama: 3 Lessons From the Extraordinary Life of Ed Dobson

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.30.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Here I had an evangelical pastor who had once worked for Jerry Falwell now supporting Barack Obama while living as a first-century Jew for a year. Call me intrigued.

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.

Christian Attitudes to Transgender People Are Changing

Duncan J. Dormor | Posted 12.04.2015 | Religion
Duncan J. Dormor

Despite much opposition, trans people are increasingly being welcomed within our churches. And not just welcomed, but asked to take a lead; that is accepted and authorized as ministers, pastors, priests -- as those entrusted to teach and lead and guide and care.

Astoria Characters: The Community-Minded Pastor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.01.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Plunk, plunk, plunk; plink-plink-plink-plink. Someone is playing, let's make that pounding, a toy piano. Thia Reggio, pastor of the Astoria First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) takes no note of it. She's had a lot of practice screening out its astringent strains.

Confessions of a Part-Time Pastor: The Words Must Be Right

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

After worship someone said to me, "I liked how the songs we sang were all around the same theme. You probably did that on purpose." Darn tootin' I did that on purpose.

Why Forgiveness Is At The Center Of Faith For This Black Pastor

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion

The call came early in the morning, jolting the Rev. David Triggs out of his dreams and into a living nightmare. His church was burning, a friend tol...

These Men Tried To Kill Each Other. Now They're United For Peace.

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 10.22.2015 | OWN

EmbedContent(56280558e4b0bce34703e858,,Embed,aolon,Some({})) In northern Nigeria, a war has raged on for decades between Muslims and Christians. Tens ...

Higher Ground

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Bil Hitchcock

Pastor Wayne H. Reeves in Ridgeville, SC, near Summerville, SC, watched the rain fall all day, like so many in Carolinians...but he had a different view than most. He watched as a casket slowly made its way to the surface, buoyed by the floodwaters, the flowers atop intact.

Pastors Struggle To Bring Healing After Oregon Shooting

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - A pastor whose daughter survived last week's deadly rampage in a college classroom told his congregation on Sunday that "violenc...

Why Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber Thinks Church Is For Losers

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.04.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Nadia Bolz-Weber is the kind of pastor who ends up doing funerals for an alcoholic stand-up comic and a transvestite. The founder of Denver’s ...