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Pastor Asks: How Do We Grieve For Charleston?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion

On the first Sunday after nine worshippers lost their lives during a shooting inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South C...

Who Is Your Family?

John Russell Stanger | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
John Russell Stanger

Who is my family? Indian orphans and saints. Survivors of violence--state and domestic. Queer people of all kinds. And we are all glorious branches on that great vine of Christ.

Fiery Colonial Preacher Jonathan Edwards Gets A 21st Century Upgrade

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (RNS) The collected works of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century preacher and one of America’s most famous theologians, are now avai...

"Let Jesus Show!" A Christmas Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

The beloved author Frederick Buechner tells the story about a Christmas pageant a friend of his took part in as the rector of an Episcopal church. Buechner writes:

Florida Pastor Claims He's Broken Guinness World Record For Longest Speech

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion

This fourth-generation preacher knows how to talk. Pastor Zach Zehnder, of The Cross Church in Mount Dora, Florida, claims he’s broken the Guinne...

5 Bad Storytelling Habits of Highly Annoying Rabbis

Jonathan S. Shapiro | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
Jonathan S. Shapiro

To the learned men and women who lead the Jewish faith I would like to offer a simple message: Enough already. A frequent consumer of rabbinical sermons, I can say, with all due respect, that most of the time, the sermon bombs. And it is usually because of the same bad storytelling habits.

Dear Michael Brown: If I Were Preaching on Sunday Here Is What I Would Say

Christopher House, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion
Christopher House, Ph.D.

Michael, if I were preaching this Sunday I would remind your family that their resources are not limited to what they can see. Those who are on the side of justice are more than those who are against it. We will get through this.

Ramadan Reflection Day #19: When Bad Things Happen to Good People -- Dealing With Terrible Sermons in the Muslim Community

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

If you are privileged to ascend the pulpit, then honor the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and speak to the people rather than speaking at them. Put forth a message that is coherent, thought-out, and takes into the consideration the moment and all of the people who are present in it.

Is Sermon Plagiarism On The Rise?

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Thou shalt not steal another pastor’s sermon? Recent cases of high-profile pastors who have been accused of lifting others’ material are ...

Pragmatic Pastor Turned Postman to Help the Homeless

Liz Dow | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Liz Dow

A Pastor came to understand that his guests need services, not sermons. He used mailboxes as a concrete step toward resolving a seemingly insurmountable problem. This is proof that wonder and a sense of possibility dwell in the hearts of leaders who inspire.

God's Script-Flipping Story

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

I'm going to put myself out there and share something only my closest friends and family know: I love to watch "Christian television."

Losing My Religion

Mary DeTurris Poust | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Mary DeTurris Poust

I look around and see the blank stares, the fidgeting, the eye-rolling and it depresses me. It's not that people are unwilling to listen or that they don't want to be there. They're in the church on a beautiful fall day. Obviously they want something, but it's not this. I can assure you.

Beyond the Gospel of Us: A Reflection on Colossians 1:15-28

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Would our pews be emptier if we talked more about God and less about what God can do for us? Should we begin our God-talk by stating plainly that God's past performance is not indicative of God's future results? Must we always be at the center?

The New Pharaohs?

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Here we are, Black American church folk and Shabbat observing Jews. We are the children of those who suffered in the sweltering house of bondage. And many of us have become Pharaohs.

Calling For Newtown Sermons, Prayers And Liturgy

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

My friend, colleague and leader in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Landon Whitsitt, is collecting sermons, prayers and other liturgical resources. He will compile it and make it available for free via e-reader download.

Arab Spring Should Follow Turkey

Semra Sevi | Posted 09.22.2012 | World
Semra Sevi

The sharia has recently been adopted in Libya after the death of Gaddafi, and the Muslim Brotherhood have won in Egypt. What will be the fate of the Arab world if recent revolutions take the same path as Iran and Saudi Arabia?

God in Antigua

Robert Hoggard | Posted 09.05.2012 | College
Robert Hoggard

I am realizing that I should not preach something that I have not lived. God is making me live what I already preached and continue to preach.

Faith In The Back Row

Mark Osler | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

When a preacher speaks to the "back of the room," that should refer to more than just the volume of the speaker's voice -- it should direct the sermon to those with doubt, those who are challenged, and the rest of us who sit humble and weary.

The Church And OccupyWallStreet

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

The church's proper role is to stand on the side of the disenfranchised and to call out wrongdoing and injustice in our society. Jesus did not say," I have come that you might be comfortable."

Worshiping God, Not The Bible

Matt Idom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt Idom

It is not through the bible that I am found. No, that is more about the one God I understand the bible to be revealing.

I Have Seen The Future Of Preaching, And It's A Beautiful Thing

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Over these three days I sensed the Spirit of God at work powerfully in these young lives. You will be hearing from many of them in the years ahead.

Today In History: John Winthrop

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts, used the metaphor City on a Hill." He advised the colonists to be a model community, as the whole world was watching them. Even when they showered. Especially when they showered.

A Cyber Confession

Father John Bakas | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Father John Bakas

What's the one thing you've done no one else can ever know? The mere thought of dredging up some dark and hidden sin, inspires a hard gulping swallow...

A Light To The World

Father John Bakas | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Father John Bakas

Uncle Roy's humility, even though he reached the pinnacle of worldly success, led him to spread the light of philanthropy and unadulterated kindness to so many around the world.

Disavow, Renounce, Didn't Hear

Gershom Gorenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gershom Gorenberg

It's true that I've enjoyed some of his sermons, but I don't agree with the prophet Isaiah's political views. He doesn't speak for me. No way.