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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 ...

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

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 10.22.2015 | OWN

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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 "violen...

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...

Do Political Preachers Have Ugly Feet?

Timothy Merrill | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Timothy Merrill

Since campaigning for the White House has been underway for several months, I'm starting to look at feet.

Pastor Outed In Ashley Madison Hack Commits Suicide

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.09.2015 | Technology

John Gibson, a 56-year-old pastor who taught at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was found dead by his wife, Christi, on August 24 i...

Hope for Mental Illness

Kay Warren | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Kay Warren

When my cancer-stricken, elderly father passed away at home with family by his side, I grieved and wept, but my grief was gentle because my dad had lived a very full and rich life. I can tell you the experience of losing my 27-year-old son on April 5, 2013 to suicide was not at all the same.

Thoughts From an Evangelical Woman Pastor

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Christ didn't call us to find groups of people who agree with us on everything, and then hang out with them so we feel good about ourselves. He also didn't call us to be disagreeable people, belittling those who disagree with us, with a self righteous attitude.

How Much Is Too Much To Pay A Pastor?

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Franklin Graham’s annual compensation of $880,000, revealed in a Charlotte Observer story, has some worrying that too many top Christ...

It Really Can Happen in Detroit - But Not Without You

Jerry Ashton | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Jerry Ashton

Much like stubborn weeds growing between breaks in the sidewalk, Detroiters simply will not let their city fall away into disrepair or allow buildings to stay abandoned.

The Problem With Becoming a 'Professional' Christian

Mick Mooney | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

When we look at church history, as well as the modern church, it seems to me that many of the problems have grown out of believers receiving a salary from other believers.

6 Of The Most Ridiculous Stunts Pastors Have Pulled To Get People To Church

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion

Gone are the days when a banner advertising a revival service was enough to get Americans excited about going to church. Pastor Lawrence Bishop II...

Misleading the People, Abuse of Power and the Bible

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Jason P. Stadtlander

Far too many self-proclaimed "Christians" take the Bible face value, with no room for interpretation with regards modern culture and society.

Community Rallies Around Pastor Facing Deportation To Honduras

The Associated Press | KOURTNEY LIEPELT | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The wife of a longtime Iowa City pastor facing deportation to Honduras said Friday she is "devastated with this situation" b...

Don't Let Marriage Be a Four-Letter-Word

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

As an ordained minister of a small Lutheran congregation, I am uniquely committed to the social and religious institution of marriage and the role it plays in raising children and in providing life-long companionship.

Baptist Minister In Hot Water Over Comments On Ten Commandments

USA Today / Religion News Service | Ron Barnett | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion

GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) A Baptist minister is in hot water after preaching a sermon that called the Ten Commandments sayings or promises rather than ma...

The Army Chaplain Who Came Back From War And Lost His Faith

NPR | John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

David Peters' life was supposed to be one continuous arc of piety and service. But for the U.S. Army chaplain, it's ended up a more circuitous rout...

Pastor Who Spent A Year Living Without God No Longer Believes

Religion News Service | Chris Stedman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Ryan Bell — the former Seventh-day Adventist pastor who spent 2014 living as an atheist — is ready for his big reveal. After chronicling ...

Pastor Mark Driscoll Is Back With A Flashy New Website

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion

UPDATE: Pastor Mark Driscoll's website was temporarily offline on Monday, December 29. It appeared to be working again Monday evening. Pastor Mark ...

A Word to White and Black Evangelicals in America

David Moore | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
David Moore

These marches are not only about recent cases. Some of us have been all too conscious of police abuse our entire lives, and it has been underway for generations. It's just that we have, as a country, come to a different place.

Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini Pens Heartbreaking Christmas Letter

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

This Christmas marks the third year Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini has been separated from his family. Abedini, an American citizen, is currentlyservi...

Kansas Pastor Claims She's Received Death Threats For Officiating Same-Sex Weddings

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion

A Kansas pastor is refusing to give in to hate. Rev. Jackie Carter, a pastor at First Metropolitan Community Church, claims she’s been getting de...

Pastor Spends 5 Days On Streets To Show Empathy For The Homeless Around Holidays

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact

Reverend Eric Johns just completed his "favorite week of the year," and it had nothing to do with stuffed turkeys or watching football. The Buffalo...