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The Duality of Being a Gay Christian

Glenn Garner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Glenn Garner

As a gay Christian, I have only faced true discrimination for one of these identities. Here's a hint: It's not Christianity. When I tell someone I'm Christian, they don't come up with a series of offensive questions and remarks. I have never felt threatened or in danger when praying or practicing my Christian beliefs. Christianity is not an oppressed identity.

Can This Southern Restaurant Prove It Isn't Biased?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.15.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Unlike those big corporations, Mary's doesn't hate! Mary's simply wants to reward its favorite customers with a 15% discount. What could be wrong with that?

Grab a Piece of the P.I.E.! Luke 4:14-21

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The church is being called to a P.I.E. ministry: outreach which is Participative, Interactive and Experiential One high-end Italian restaurant in Was...

On Bedside Baptist

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

I recognized the heaviness and sadness to be a tremendous feeling of guilt. Guilt that I would somehow impairing or negatively impacting my children's spiritual development all in the name of a few extra winks.

Interviewing the Gospel Ambassador: How Bobby Jones Impacted the Culture of Television

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Standing atop a stage dressed in a jeweled suit with custom designer shoes, an electrifying roar automatically fills the studio. It feels as though a rockstar has just surprised the crowd, but this is no new face.

The Cloisters: Escape the City in the City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Cloisters is the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art given over to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. With a collection of over 2,000 medieval pieces, the museum's structure is itself part of the exhibit.

Trust: The Church and Facebook

Trey Lyon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

You don't undo those things with better packaging, or a new release of an old product. You have to do the deep, soul-baring, painful work of repentance and asking forgiveness -- and do it without caring if this person ever comes to your church or not.

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.

A Letter to the Church of Abbotsford and Beyond

Ward Draper | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Ward Draper

In this broken city teeming with hurt and frustration a looming tragedy approaches. This tragedy is not new; we have seen it before and will most assuredly will again.

Irreverence Is the New Reverent

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

While I agree there's a social maturity required in expressing irreverence through appropriate channels, the Church is missing out on a deep authenticity of the human experience if we continue to fear irreverence, instead of finding beauty in it.

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If one of America's historic mainline churches can respectfully and prayerfully debate important issues like marriage, justice or geopolitical conflicts -- and reach a conclusion graciously -- might this be a turning point in our national debates? I have hope that this is so.

Three Ways the Internet Is Good for the Religious

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

The internet is being used as a tool to do good in religious communities all over the world trending under the hashtag #ReligionDoingGood. For every nasty attack uttered online, somewhere there is a person of faith turning their cheek in an act of mercy.

The Tyranny of Consensus: How Your Church Can Make Better Decisions

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Too often the church becomes a place where we don't want to alienate anyone. And so, we alienate everyone. And slowly we stop becoming a community of disciples, and we start becoming a museum of a faith community that once was.

Do the Presbyterians Expect Jews to Be the World's Only Christians?

Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen

On June 20, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 310 to 303 to divest its financial holdings in three American companies which do business in Israel because they "profit from non-peaceful pursuits."

Was Jesus a "Hillbilly?"

Joe Boyd | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

People of faith tend to do themselves very little service by condemning non-believers as closed-minded. As an educated, thinking Christian I cringe more at the comments of other Christians than I do at the comments of atheists.

Does the Bible Need to Be Set Free?

Joe Boyd | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

When I was eight years old, my family started going to church. There I discovered something that changed my life. I was immediately smitten -- head over heels captivated. What I found there, I love now more than ever.

5 Reasons Churches Need to "Come Out" on LGBTQ Rights

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If we continue to advocate for some people being treated as "less than" others in any way, how can we claim the Gospel as our mandate with any credibility?

The Anatomy of a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Joe Boyd | Posted 08.17.2014 | Small Business
Joe Boyd

After a successful one-man show in Cincinnati in April we wanted to take that show on a national tour and put up four new shows over the next year. So we went for it. Here's why I think it has worked.

What Time Is It? Not CP Time

Gerard Kersey | Posted 08.16.2014 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

The instructor stated how crucial being timely is in business and personal matters, and we can never be on CP time if we want to be successful. I don't know what surprised me more: the fact that she said this or that it was said and not much of an uproar followed.

Shaping the Church: Thinking, Reimagining and Envisioning

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The church can be relevant, meaningful and important and we must be able to share this with the world. As I ponder such issues, I realize that I am a product of a "cloud of witnesses" who have gone before me to light the way for me to be in the church and be a leader within the theological academy.

Our Father and My Father

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Transformation takes place in God's Presence and inspires us to great things, just as the stained-glass artist and my father expressed their love of God in their artwork, which in turn lifts my soul and inspires me to glorify Him even more.

No More Analysis -- Millennials, the Church Needs You!

Samuel L. Adams | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Samuel L. Adams

Many churches are perpetually mired in process, worrying far more about protocol for committee meetings than how to become a welcoming body. With your wariness about the glacial pace at which institutions change, you can help the church become more dynamic.

How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When the young families arrive with their kids, let them teach you about what will keep their kids engaged.

A Letter from the "Dying" Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

To my mourners: Sometimes the dying are the first to know. While others believe you are invincible, you quietly go around collecting pamphlets from h...

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.