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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 "More peas, I think," as I asked what he wanted to eat next. I sang at his retirement celebration 14 years earlier and no...

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 ...

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.