By: Stuart Blythe Some issues, such as climate change, appear so great that they leave people so "ethically overwhelmed" that it undermines our ability to respond in any meaningful way at all. Yet we can overcome these feelings.
By: Stuart Blythe Who is your church's neighborhood? Is it the immediate geographic region around the church? Or is it the many communities where church members work or live or move or have their being?
By: Stuart Blythe After Christmas and Easter, many other special Sundays exist for churches to observe during worship. Whether they do or don't isn't as important as whether they can articulate why they reached that decision.
By: Stuart Blythe Christians stress Jesus' human birth at this season, but we seemingly aren't comfortable with his humanity the rest of the year. Perhaps focusing on his humanity reminds us of how we fall short.
By: Stuart Blythe Preaching against racism is prophetic, and the ones who can best deliver that courageous and disruptive message are pastors, who are invested in the life of a congregation and can make that message transformative.
By: Stuart Blythe William Willimon's latest book draws on his own Methodist tradition in order to honestly name racism as sin. And for a model of preaching in a way that confronts racism, he turns to Baptist pastor, Martin Luther King Jr.
By: Stuart Blythe In some circles, debate swirls around which is most important - church, mission or discipleship. However, the three belong in an integrated relationship where none can really claim the priority.
By: Stuart Blythe While Baptists are committed to human rights at an official level, that commitment doesn't seem to make it into many churches - even though clear theological grounds exist for the support of human rights.
By: Stuart Blythe A few days before Christmas, a terrorist attack rocked a Christmas market in Berlin. When Christians gather on Christmas to seek peace on earth, will we remember that we cannot wish for peace? We must work for it.
By: Stuart Blythe Social media reveals that Christians viscerally hold different views on ethical issues. However, we must find other places to express those differences than only social media. Maybe church is a good place to start.
By: Stuart Blythe Four interdependent areas contribute to moral formation. Individual volition is at the core of such formation. For Christian moral formation, it's the individual will in relationship to God.
By: Stuart Blythe Think of models of leadership in the Bible and several names come to mind: Abraham, Joseph, David. Another individual in the Bible is a model leader, even though he's not foremost on many lists.
By: Stuart Blythe When we think about prophets, our thoughts turn to Old Testament figures. But prophets have been with us through the ages and are alive and well today. Here are six ways to recognize them.