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What Christians Need to Know

Tara Hedman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

I don't believe Christian ministry leaders and pastors intend to injure others. Regardless of intent, damage often occurs. The hearts and souls they hope to nurture and influence become collateral damage in the name of pastoral counseling.

How Houston Attorneys Are Reinforcing Homophobia By Infringing on Religious Liberties

Brandan Robertson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Brandan Robertson

As an evangelical Christian and an activist for LGBTQ rights, I am deeply disheartened by the actions we are seeing in Houston. I stand in complete solidarity with the churches and pastors that have been subpoenaed, demanding that these legal actions be reversed.

To Save the Church: Embrace Atheism as the True Religion and Religion as The True Atheism

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

What matters is not method or theology. What matters is honest relationships.

There Are Children to Love

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The scenes of children crossing our borders and arriving to this country have touched me no less than the scene I experienced on the sonogram. Now we are a nation sitting next to a metaphorical sonogram machine and staring at the screen. The concerns that I had are no different from the concerns that many in this country have.

Joy Comes in the Morning?

Courtney McKinney | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Courtney McKinney

Church leaders have a unique opportunity to help people heal and find comfort. I wish they would use that power to encourage people to seek help, rather than making them feel that mental illness is something that should be given time and prayer alone

Conservation Is a Hispanic Value

Maite Arce | Posted 04.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Maite Arce

This is our shared heritage, and Latinos are ready to vote to protect it.

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...

New Alliance of Latino Religious Leaders Encourages Conservation

Maite Arce | Posted 02.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Maite Arce

In October, Hispanic Access Foundation brought together several prominent Latino religious leaders from Western states for a summit on the environment and how we can balance conservation with energy development.

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...

Consecrated Sexual Attraction (Part 1)

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

I took a deep breath when Samantha came into my office (identity changed to protect confidentiality). Twenty years old, brown hair all the way down h...

Why Protestant Pastors Should Follow Pope Francis' Lead

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I'm under no illusions that the pope isn't without his flaws, but when it comes to the Christian faith and in particular being Christ-like he just seems to get it, probably more than any other major Christian leader I know.

10 Ways to Support Your Congregation's Pastor

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Recently another of my clergy colleagues told me they were thinking about leaving the ministry. This happens more often than you might think.

Not Perfect Leaders, Humble Leaders

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Some have probably done hurtful things, especially as younger leaders in the difficult process of learning and developing. But there is a tangible sense of humility in light of all the imperfections of leading in the church.

Are There Some Questions the Church Can't Answer?

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Many of my clients aren't looking for answers, even when they think they are, and even when I want them to be. They are not seeking to understand, but longing to be understood. I suspect the same is fundamentally true of churchgoers.

Church and Chocolate in Tough Times

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Tight finances and challenging personal situations have sent many of us to the sweets and chocolate shelves for comfort. This was true as well during the Colonial Period when pastoral habits and ministrations included drinking chocolate.

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.

From the Block to the Pulpit: Shot Callers in the Hood

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 04.03.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Who's calling the shots on your block to save the lives of children and the community? What can you do to be known as a shot caller for change?

Why This Pastor Tipped 50 Percent Today

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

For the record, we're not all like this pastor.So thank you for serving our food, parking our cars, steaming our milk, cleaning our rooms and doing all the stuff that many "pastors" probably couldn't or wouldn't do themselves.

A Desperate God

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

In light of the monstrous storm battering the northeast, many have said that the storm is a "sign of judgment" from God. We need to "get right!", they say.

The Mis-Education of the Negro Pastors Urging Congregants Not to Vote

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 12.20.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

The fact is neither party truly cares about Christian morality, certainly not based on Old Testament scriptures. What seems instead to be driving both is power and control. Republicans care about power and control for the wealthy, while Democrats care about power and control for the not-so-wealthy.

Pastors vs. IRS -- Do You Want to Pay for Right-Wing Lobbying?

Joshua Shulman | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Joshua Shulman

Some pastors in San Diego are making the news with their plans to intentionally defy the IRS on October 7, in a supposed stand for freedom of religion.

NAACP Defends Creflo Dollar

elev8.com | Posted 06.22.2012 | Black Voices

NAACP is supporting Creflo Dollar by categorizing the events of earlier this month as discipline. Fayette County deputies responded to a domestic d...

Mr. Gingrich, The Faith Community Has Occupied Your Campaign

Joi Ruth Orr | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Joi Ruth Orr

We are fed up and done with politicians and public figures debasing our communities and children. We will not stand for it.

PHOTOS: Modern Day Exorcism Performed In Mexico City

Posted 01.25.2012 | Religion

The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia describes an exorcism as "the act of driving out, or warding off, demons, or evil spirits, from persons, places, ...

An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich From the Pastors of Poor Children

Joi Ruth Orr | Posted 03.23.2012 | Black Voices
Joi Ruth Orr

As a candidate vying for the Republican Presidential nomination, to suggest that poor children collectively lack a work ethic and drive for legal and productive work is entirely classist. Our children deserve better than your degrading rhetoric.