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Opening 1,000 Doors: Houses Of Hospitality And The Promise Of The Church

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Houses of Hospitality will deliver the powerful message of welcome and inclusivity to a generation and it will make churches a central part of the service movement, which is where it needs to be. All it takes is a desire to do it and the decision to follow through. It is called the Gospel.

Let Us Break Bread Together: Table Talk On Thursdays

Wayne Meisel | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

A year from now, let's have more than 100 congregations and other groups follow Wesley Seminary's lead and gather folks around the table for food, fellowship and conversation.

Failing Our Youth: A Call To Religious Liberals

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

The mere hour or so that churches have with children and teens on a weekly basis -- and unburdened by any need to drill and test -- is too precious to waste on merely religious education.

Jesus: The Very Human, Very Single Savior

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Christianity often forgets that our main man was a single, 30-something-year-old man. While his family was still a part of his life, his central support system was his friends and followers. So why is there such a large disconnect between single young adults and Mainline Protestantism?

Reflection On The Rise Of The 'Nones' From Someone Who Should Probably Be One

Cameron Nations | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Cameron Nations

I'm 23, recite the Creed without crossing my fingers, and think seriously and critically about my faith. Furthermore, not only am I in seminary to be an ordained minister, but -- GASP! -- I'm also doing so in a mainline denomination. How can this be? It defies all logic!

WATCH LIVE: The Next Christians

Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion

Jim Daly and Gabe Lyons represent the diversity within American evangelicalism that is lost in coverage of Christian voters and candidates. Gabe Ly...

The Church's Doomed Pursuit Of The Elusive Young Adult

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

It seems that everywhere you look today, "the church," especially within historic traditions, is talking about reaching that ever-elusive young adult demographic.  Sometimes it feels like we are on some National Geographic safari trying to observe and conserve some rare creature.

Hope On Climate Change: Young Evangelicals For Climate Action

Rev. Jim Ball | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
Rev. Jim Ball

Global emissions need to peak during the next presidential term, yet neither candidate is talking about what they will do to address the greatest moral challenge of our time. Into this leadership vacuum steps a group of young people.

Mainline Protestant Church Decisions On LGBT Issues Highlight Growing Generational Gaps

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

It will be instructive to see how these American religious bodies navigate the coming sea change on attitudes led by their younger American members toward more inclusive policies.

7 Reasons Christians Should Change Their Political Tune

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

The Christian Church should -- and is beginning to -- change its political tune. For the sake of our faith and the sake of the Gospel, the Church needs such a shift -- and we need it now.

Why Young Adults Forget The Church To Follow Jesus

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

There is still a significant interest in, and pursuit of, a life following the path lived out and described by Jesus. We younger adults are starving for the very community we're wary of.

The Church May Be Dying, But The Scripture-Science Debate Is Alive And Well

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.11.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Unthinking religious leaders have made it out to be an either/or prospect: Either accept that Scripture is as much a science book as it is a spiritual book or the entirety of the Bible's reliability as a spiritual guide is in question.

Fount Of Blessing, Fount Of Youth: Age And The American Church

Ryan Harper | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Ryan Harper

American churches should stop fawning over young people like me. The fact that I and my demographic are so idealized bespeaks a profound, if often unintentional, ageism.

Creationists Drive Young People Out Of The Church

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 01.18.2012 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

In the name of protecting Christianity from a secularism perceived as corrosive to the faith, the creationists are unwittingly driving the best and brightest evangelicals out of the church.

The Children Of God Storybook Bible

Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, author of "Children Of God Storybook Bible: Deluxe Edition," was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong strug...

Sticky Faith: What Can Parents Do To Help Teenagers Have Faith That Lasts

Kara Powell | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Kara Powell

One of the repeated themes in the research was the importance of parents giving their kids space to wrestle with tough faith questions until they pinned down their own answers.

Why Young Adults Are Walking Away From Church

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Call it cynical, iconoclastic or even destructive to the fabric of society, but placing humanity above ideals seems the only hope we have for living out Christ's call to love one another as ourselves.

More Americans Designing A 'Make-Your-Own Religion'

Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion

By Cathy Lynn Grossman USA Today (RNS) If World War II-era warbler Kate Smith sang today, her anthem could be "Gods Bless America." That's one ...

Tough Minds And Tender Hearts: An Open Letter To Young Clergy

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 11.05.2011 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Soft-mindedness and hard-heartedness are afoot in America, even in the Church. In the spirit of Rev. Martin Luther King, let us redouble our effort to love intently and think critically.

Finding The Spiritual Paths Of Rhythm In New Orleans

Michael W. Waters | Posted 09.17.2011 | Religion
Michael W. Waters

What better place to engage in theological reflection than along well-worn paths trod by previous generations of travelers who undoubtedly did the same?

I Have Seen The Future Of Preaching, And It's A Beautiful Thing

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Over these three days I sensed the Spirit of God at work powerfully in these young lives. You will be hearing from many of them in the years ahead.