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Ministry on the Margins: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

"Who in their right mind would want to be a minister?" It's a question I hear a lot nowadays, especially with news reports about how many in ministry experience low pay, high burnout and potential unemployment.

Meeting of the Minds: Addressing the Church's Future

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is encouraging to see spaces created to have these unlikely conversations occur among diverse people who are passionate about the church and their calling. As an FTE Alumna and an FTE Advisory Board Member, I continue to watch FTE flourish, lead, and pave the way for future leaders to guide the church into its unknown future.

Book of Odds Looks at the 2014 Boston Marathon, Part 2

Amram Shapiro | Posted 06.01.2014 | Sports
Amram Shapiro

Only elite runners have a shot of winning, but all 36,000 entrants can dream, can't they? By this Walter Mitty standard, each entrant is more than five times more likely to win the Boston Marathon than to die running it.

American Bible Society To Sell 12-Story NYC Building

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The American Bible Society will sell its 12-story building on Broadway, vacating prime real estate in the heart of Manhattan that serve...

Unbind Him, and Let Him Go: A Lenten Challenge

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

While some bible stories seem mostly about God being with us, other stories seem more about God for us. The story of Jesus raising of Lazarus from the dead, however, is about both.

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...

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...

If I'm Changing the World for the Better Why Do I Feel So Bad?

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Cunningham

If we want to stand for what we believe, to change the world for the better, I am convinced we must learn to make choices not just based on "what we can do," but based on "what we can do and still stay sane and healthy."

Local & Global: Both/And

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

We were going to get up early, drive nine hours across the Midwest, through countless tollbooths, to stay at a Benedictine monastery, and to get a glimpse of the daily work of the prophetic Joan Chittister. I jumped at the chance.

Lutherans Adopt 'The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries'

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

The statement affirms the fundamental principles of the U.S. criminal justice system, such as due process of law and the presumption of legal innocence, and it also recognizes serious deficiencies.

Scrooge vs. Santa Claus: Rescuing God From Shallow Theology

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

I'm tired of reading 12 to 20 pages of poorly written, theologically thin, unimaginative discourse, intended to represent a ministerial candidate's breadth of preparedness and depth of spiritual formation but more frequently sending me into despair over the future of Church leadership.

The Beast of Mental Illness

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 07.16.2012 | Home
Tara Woodard-Lehman

A few months ago musician Phill Eason asked me to make a prop for a musical. But this was not your average musical. In part, because it used cosmic, apocalyptic images from scripture. In part, because it was set in a modern-day mental-health ward.

Nonprofits: Are You Just Asking for Money, or Sharing a Vision?

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Impact
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Look at your media presentations, videos, live events, print materials, and in-person contacts. What do they say? What story are they telling?

From Lady Gaga To Rev. Gaga?

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Pop phenom Lada Gaga recently announced her plans to seek ministerial ordination so that she may marry her long-time friends, both of whom are women. The news stirred conflicting feelings for me.

Christian Ministry Builds Bikes, Children's Hopes

Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion

By Morgan Jarema Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) The doors of The Motion Initiative have just opened along a stretch of industrial...

Pastoral Transitions In A Social Media World

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 06.01.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

May 31, 2011 marked my final day as the pastor of Mission Bay Community Church and this post will be the last time, for a while, that I'll focus on my...

Are Short-Term Mission Trips Worth It?

Dennis J. Horton, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2011 | Religion
Dennis J. Horton, Ph.D.

Some who have studied the issue say the money might be better spent giving directly to a country's Christian partners to spread the Gospel, or to offer medical aid or construction assistance.

Church In A Bar: Why Even The Darkest Spaces Can Be Sacred

Pastor Neil Christopher | Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion
Pastor Neil Christopher

When I announced that I was going to create a church in a blues bar in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Texas, I obviously received some mixed feedback.

Who Can Lead The Local Church?

Brady Boyd | Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion
Brady Boyd

What qualifies someone to be a leader in the church? Can someone just announce to the rest of us that "God called me" or "God spoke to me"?

How Pastors Fail

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Bob Smietana Religion News Service (RNS) Sometimes being a pastor is a real pain. But few pastors want to admit it. J.R. Briggs in trying ...

Gunman Opens Fire In Christian Youth Center, Wounds At Least 4

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A gunman walked into a training center for young Christian missionaries in a Denver suburb early Sunday and opened fire, wounding at least four people...