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Why More Than 100 Pastors Will Preach HIV Awareness This Weekend

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.18.2016 | Religion

This weekend, black Christian leaders around the country will be using their Sunday sermons to address a topic many consider to be a “stigma” in A...

What to Consider When Planning a Wedding: Etiquette Rules for Hiring a Pastor

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.15.2016 | Weddings
Wayne Meisel

In the midst of the joy, there is always that awkward moment when I'm asked [or not], "how much do you charge?" The very question seems vulgar given the sacred nature of the task at hand. But weddings have become as much a business as they are a sacrament.

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...

A priest, a rabbi, and two pastors walk into a bar...

Matt Carriker | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Matt Carriker

I know, I know. It sounds like the beginning of a joke. It was the beginning of a Facebook post by Angel that got over 100 likes. That's something....

Rebooting Theological Education

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Theological education is in crisis. By itself, that's not new news. What's newsworthy is exciting new progress on the problems that's now coming up with solutions -- real, viable solutions. Tinkering with the old structures isn't enough anymore.

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.

Why Black Churches Don't Want You to Read 'Sidechickology'

Jeff Rivera | Posted 12.12.2015 | Black Voices
Jeff Rivera

It's the book that has tongues wagging. Sidechickology is the salacious story of two ministers and their steamy drama-filled affairs that some say are based on true events. The real question on everyone's mind is: Who is the author, Body of Work who co-wrote this scandalous book with Allison Hobbs?

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.

Confessions of a Part-Time Pastor: I Wish I Swore a Little

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

I've had a fairly stressful two and a half years. I finally had to admit that I don't pay my spiritual director enough to deal with all the stuff I had been bringing to him lately. I could have gone to a "Christian counselor." That would make sense for a pastor, I guess.

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.

Preaching to All Choirs on the High Holidays

Rabbi Jack Moline | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Moline

I am no longer a pulpit rabbi, so the question of sermon topics on the High Holy Days is one I consider as a consumer rather than as a provider - but that doesn't stop me from reflecting on the situation congregational rabbis are in this month.

Pastors Freed In Sudan After Facing Death Sentence

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) After international outcry, two South Sudanese Presbyterian Evangelical Church pastors who faced a possible death sentence in Sud...

Congratulating Gay People Is Not a Sin

Dr. David Anderson | Posted 07.30.2016 | Religion
Dr. David Anderson

Congratulating gay people is not a sin. Following the Supreme Court's decision in a landmark same-sex marriage case, I released a statement on Facebook, on a radio show, and appeared on Poppy Harlow's CNN show on June 27, 2015. Subsequently there has been some controversy around my statement.

Georgia Pastor Has No Time For Anti-LGBT Hypocrites

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion

Religious people who are critical of the LGBT community and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage are "hypocritical," Georgia pa...

So What You Sold Dope and Pimped Ho's? I Never Had the Privilege!

David Alexander Bullock | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
David Alexander Bullock

Turning your life around after dope selling, pimping and being institutionalized may make someone an expert on personal piety and individual transformation. However, if we are going to end poverty, fix failing schools, lower incidents of urban violence and police brutality we are going to need more than experts in personal piety.

On Caitlyn Jenner and Pastoring a Transgender Person

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

The person I met with asked me over and over again, "Am I a mistake? Does God make mistakes?" As someone who tries to be not only a straight ally, but a straight Christian ally, these questions felt important and agonizing.

What Christians Need to Know

Tara Hedman | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

I don't believe Christian ministry leaders and pastors intend to injure others. Regardless of intent, damage often occurs. The hearts and souls they hope to nurture and influence become collateral damage in the name of pastoral counseling.

How Houston Attorneys Are Reinforcing Homophobia By Infringing on Religious Liberties

Brandan Robertson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Brandan Robertson

As an evangelical Christian and an activist for LGBTQ rights, I am deeply disheartened by the actions we are seeing in Houston. I stand in complete solidarity with the churches and pastors that have been subpoenaed, demanding that these legal actions be reversed.

To Save the Church: Embrace Atheism as the True Religion and Religion as The True Atheism

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

What matters is not method or theology. What matters is honest relationships.

There Are Children to Love

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The scenes of children crossing our borders and arriving to this country have touched me no less than the scene I experienced on the sonogram. Now we are a nation sitting next to a metaphorical sonogram machine and staring at the screen. The concerns that I had are no different from the concerns that many in this country have.

Joy Comes in the Morning?

Courtney McKinney | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Courtney McKinney

Church leaders have a unique opportunity to help people heal and find comfort. I wish they would use that power to encourage people to seek help, rather than making them feel that mental illness is something that should be given time and prayer alone

Conservation Is a Hispanic Value

Maite Arce | Posted 04.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Maite Arce

This is our shared heritage, and Latinos are ready to vote to protect it.

Consecrated Sexual Attraction (Part 3)

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

(This is post 3 of 3 entitled, Consecrated Sexual Attraction. Read part 1 here or part 2 here.) ***Several years ago, I worked with a woman who I fi...

New Alliance of Latino Religious Leaders Encourages Conservation

Maite Arce | Posted 02.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Maite Arce

In October, Hispanic Access Foundation brought together several prominent Latino religious leaders from Western states for a summit on the environment and how we can balance conservation with energy development.

Consecrated Sexual Attraction: Part 2

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

This is post 2 of 3 entitled: "Consecrated Sexual Attraction." Read Part 1 here. *** Growing up, my father and I talked a good deal about women, marr...