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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.

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 Su...

Congratulating Gay People Is Not a Sin

Dr. David Anderson | Posted 07.30.2015 | 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," ...

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

David Alexander Bullock | Posted 06.19.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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...

Consecrated Sexual Attraction (Part 1)

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

I took a deep breath when Samantha came into my office (identity changed to protect confidentiality). Twenty years old, brown hair all the way down h...

Why Protestant Pastors Should Follow Pope Francis' Lead

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I'm under no illusions that the pope isn't without his flaws, but when it comes to the Christian faith and in particular being Christ-like he just seems to get it, probably more than any other major Christian leader I know.

10 Ways to Support Your Congregation's Pastor

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Recently another of my clergy colleagues told me they were thinking about leaving the ministry. This happens more often than you might think.

Not Perfect Leaders, Humble Leaders

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Some have probably done hurtful things, especially as younger leaders in the difficult process of learning and developing. But there is a tangible sense of humility in light of all the imperfections of leading in the church.

Are There Some Questions the Church Can't Answer?

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Many of my clients aren't looking for answers, even when they think they are, and even when I want them to be. They are not seeking to understand, but longing to be understood. I suspect the same is fundamentally true of churchgoers.

Church and Chocolate in Tough Times

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Tight finances and challenging personal situations have sent many of us to the sweets and chocolate shelves for comfort. This was true as well during the Colonial Period when pastoral habits and ministrations included drinking chocolate.

A Big Mistake Ministry Teams Make

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Is my team sufficiently challenged? If they are, then their gifts and capacities are being stretched and utilized. If they are not, the team is, at least in some ways, probably languishing.