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How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

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

An Appeal to Evangelical Pastors Conflicted by the Gay Controversy

Ken Wilson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

Some of you believe that the traditional consensus of the church regarding homosexuality is essentially correct. We must fight to defend it, come what may. Others are not so sure. This appeal is for the "not so sure."

Getting Through It: A New Church Service for Recovery

Lindsay Henry | Posted 05.16.2014 | Religion
Lindsay Henry

To get through, you decide -- maybe after you get past some stubbornness -- you want help. Maybe, despite your initial beliefs, you really can't do this alone. Coupled with courts and classes, and the therapies, maybe someone suggests you "go to church."

Former Pastor Joshua Tongol on Hell, Satan and Homosexuality

Jeff Rivera | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Jeff Rivera

"Look at me, growing up as a Christian who claimed to supposedly have the truth, look how much I've had to unlearn even within my own tradition. I just needed to take a step back and realize I'm not as smart as I thought I was."

What 40-Year-Old Me Would Say to 25-Year-Old Me

The Unappreciated Pastor | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
The Unappreciated Pastor

I was 25 when I became a senior pastor. That was 15 years ago. Time has gone by so quickly. I have been reminiscing about life in the ministry. In looking back I have come to the conclusion that it would have been great if there were a mentor in my life to prepare me for ministry.

A Pastor And Imam Once Tried To Kill Each Other -- Here's What Happened Next

GlobalPost | Charles M. Sennott | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion

In the Nigerian town of Kaduna, two religious men were out to kill each other. And they almost did....

Hackchurching: A New Approach to the Christian Lifestyle

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

Once I began just being a Christian instead of thinking about church, I could bring church anywhere at any time. I found a much stronger community because I could both mentor and be mentored at the same time, and my friendships kept me accountable. I began hackchurching.

A Year Without God: A Former Pastor's Journey Into Atheism

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

For the next 12 months I will live as if there is no God. I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration, refer to God as the cause of things or hope that God might intervene and change my own or someone else's circumstances. I will visit atheist gatherings and try it on.

What's in a Name? A Lot, If You're Seeking Office in Phoenix

Christina M. Martínez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Latino Voices
Christina M. Martínez

William Shakespeare said it best, "What's in a name?" Well, if you live in the city of Phoenix and are paying attention to the upcoming city council e...

Four Reasons Why You Are Probably Not Going to Hell

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

This may come as a shock, but despite what your ex says about you, you're probably not going to Hell. Relieved? Good! But I hate to break it to you that your ex isn't going to Hell either.

Hello, My Name Is Church

The Unappreciated Pastor | Posted 12.20.2013 | Religion
The Unappreciated Pastor

Hello my name is church, I'm sure you've heard a lot about me. I have no shortage of critics. Perhaps you have heard that I am... boring, shallow, cheap, a waste of time...

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.

Christian Masculinity, The WWF And Unbelonging

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 07.11.2013 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

"Imagine 10,000 men, fathers, sons, brothers and Christ-followers, coming together to worship God and learn more about the life of true adventure He intends for us as men." That's an actual description of one such event. If you're like me, you're very, very nervous to read any further.

Is God A Minimalist?

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Contrary to popular belief, quality is not quantity's illegitimate child. Is it not better to have a congregation of 300 committed Christians than a stadium-sized assembly of 30,000 churchgoers who are there to be served rather than to serve?

National Day Of Prayer, But Where Is God?

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

After investing all of this time and energy searching for an answer to whether or not God exists, here's my conclusion: I don't know.

Rev. Phil Snider Talks Viral Gay Rights Speech and Reading the Bible With Love

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Shira Lazar

In this exclusive What's Trending interview, Springfield, Mo., preacher Phil Snider speaks out about the story behind his City Council gay rights speech that went viral for its shocking twist ending.

Anna Almendrala

Rob Bell Is Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.26.2012 | Religion

After its release in 2011, Rob Bell's book "Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, And The Fate Of Every Person Who Ever Lived" made huge waves in the ...

Easy Christian Fame

Ben Stevens | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Ben Stevens

If Machiavelli had written "The Pastor" instead of "The Prince," what kind of ruthlessly practical advice might he have offered to someone trying to become a famous religious figure?

The Unexpected Pastor

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

It sounds cliche to say that being a pastor is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it's true. And yet, I can't imagine doing anything else.

North Carolina Pastor Gets It For Wanting to Beat the Gay Out of Kids

El Chanclaso | Posted 07.04.2012 | Latino Voices
El Chanclaso

Pastor Harris was caught saying some of the most vile and disgusting anti-gay remarks aimed at children who are perceived to be gay. You can also hear the audience clapping and giving their approval to his beat-the-gay-out-of-your-son sermon.

The Tim Tebow Of Performance, Coaching And Sex

Phil Shepherd | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion
Phil Shepherd

in the church world, the biggest misnomer is that sex is somehow dirty or shameful, or less than sacred, sizzling and sexy! God created us with pleasure in mind.

Of Lent And Love: What I Learned In The Midst Of Betrayal

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.19.2012 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

My faith was formed that evening, not by the bitter betrayals, but in the love of the women. I think about that night each Lent, as we walk toward that treacherous path with Jesus.

Top Five Questions Asked About Being A Bisexual Minister

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

God knew me and loved me before I was even formed. God chose to make me bisexual.

Pastor: Romney In A 'Cult,' Don't Vote For Him

AP | By KASIE HUNT | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The pastor who introduced Texas Gov. Rick Perry at a conservative gathering Friday said rival presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not ...

Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren's Shocking Tweet

Posted 09.26.2011 | Los Angeles

Southern California megachurch pastor Rick Warren tweeted, then deleted, a jab at those who want to increase the debt ceiling, reports Newport Beach P...