Religious communities calling a new pastor, rabbi or imam do not get the same public attention focused on the choice of the next king of late-night TV. But saying goodbye to a longtime leader and deciding on a new spiritual CEO pose special challenges for congregations.
O' Lord, we need You now!
Why come to Toronto if you aren't going to shine a bit of a light on the live audience and city in general? Why have the speakers counsel these random Skypers from across the world when they could have done some personal exercises with members of this audience?
"He killed my son." Words no father should ever utter, and yet that these words hang in the atmosphere over Sanford, Fla., like humidity on a dank summer's eve; like an echo unanswered, demanding recompense.
Although taken far too soon and too unexpectedly, we can learn these things from Whitney Houston's home going services.
There has been no widespread public call within the African-American religious community demanding for Eddie Long to step down, be sat down or altogether shutdown.
Martin Luther King lived by faith with love, justice, and truth as the triumvirate of his legacy.
After 35 years in ministry and 30 years of marriage to Serita Jakes, I have outlined key life lessons learned from these two great institutions.
This year Pastor Corey Brooks has buried ten young black men under the age of 25. He is sick and tired of the violence in the black community and has declared enough.
In spite of the blistering cold around me, I am warmed by your presence, kept by your grace, empowered by your faith in me, and strengthened by your patience.
Reverend Shuttlesworth never failed to encourage others to put their eloquent words into action. Even upon the threat of death, he would retort, "I wasn't saved to run."
In spite of such pain we honor you as the God and guide who has enabled us to endure what we thought was impossible. Thank you for your sovereign grace that guides us beyond one moment of terror to a collective destiny beyond that moment.
We often shy away from things that may help us because of what other people may think. You cannot continue to be tormented on the inside, so that you look perfect on the outside.
The temptation at a moment like this is twofold. Unable to see our way forward, we can give into despair. We can also succumb to optimism -- to the false hope that, against the odds, we will triumph as a nation or as the human race.
The financial crisis has elevated the church to more than a place of worship but a place of refuge for the millions of Americans struggling to survive the economic crisis.
When preachers pontificate too much from on High about the sins of homosexual sex, the cautionary tale is to be careful of what you say, because your ...