By: Jerry A. Hudson Few Christians want to follow Jesus' counterintuitive teachings on living spiritually in the world. With U.S. Christianity so entrenched in politics over the last three decades, it's time for a wakeup call.
By: Reggie Warren Compromise is difficult. Many folks in political and religious circles often leave out a basic step in compromise. Progress in debate is impossible until all parties at least acknowledge that they could be wrong.
By: Michael Ruffin Astronauts have a unique perspective. They've seen the Earth from space, where all the things that divide us aren't visible. If only the rest of us could see the world and its people as one.
By: Guy Sayles Some things you can't change about yourself, but others you can. What provides the energy for change? It's the creative tension between who we are and who we will be. And we have no better model than Jesus.
By: Lee Spitzer Our culture is swift to judge and attack; we assume we are superior to those with whom we differ. Many movements and individuals suffer from spiritual amnesia, forgetting we are all made in God's image.
By: Merianna Harrelson Too often, pastors and teachers tell people struggling with mental or physical illness they just need to ask God for healing and not pursue medication or therapy offered by science. This is spiritual abuse.
By: Richard Schweissing Refugees - our ancestors - have been an integral part of U.S. history. Christians must decide if they want to obey Scripture's whole mandate, which includes welcoming the least of these into our nation.
By: Joe LaGuardia Many churches exceed at starting out well with the latest idea or program, but seldom focus on working through the mundane middle or finishing well. Yet the mystics from the Middle Ages offer us direction.
By: Mark Tidsworth You can't grow a healthy crop without removing obstacles that clutter the soil. Similarly, until your church will struggle with growth until obstacles are recognized and removed. Here's how to clear the field.
By: Phil Jump What does it mean to be a multicultural church? It's not enough for the church to simply comprise the diversity of our human race. People need to be included, valued and respected equally within it.
By: Guy Sayles Some folks believe people can't change. While change is possible, it can be extremely difficult. You can't do it on our own. You need an emotional-spiritual energy from beyond yourself. Check out what it is.
By: John Pierce Most of us want to be nice, but we can't allow being nice to keep us silent in the face of injustice or abuse. To "be nice" at such times can ignore or enable attitudes and behaviors that are anything but nice.
By: Helen Paynter While many Christians heed the biblical call to welcome the stranger as a response to the immigration issue, others take a more cautious approach. Loving your neighbor can be a knotty and ambiguous issue.
By: Colin Harris All our political turmoil may seem unlike anything you've seen before, but for the prophet Jeremiah it's a "been there, seen that" reality. As the prophet points out, "folks get themselves in the same fix over and over again."
By: Barry Howard Some may be ready to deliver the eulogy for the local church. But if we're willing to seize the opportunity to dialogue with our culture, rather than be hostile toward it, this could be the church's finest hour.
By: Ron Rolheiser Why don't we preach hellfire anymore? While it's true that fear is an effective motivator, it is not the proper fuel for love. You don't enter a love relationship because you feel afraid or threatened.
By: James Gordon We build either walls or bridges. As we respond to the strangers who live among us, will we feel threatened or enriched? It's not easy, but we must allow our fears to transform into love.
By: Roger Olson The line between creedalism and confessionalism is not always clear. However, when a Christian church or organization elevates its statement of faith to the same level as Scripture, that's creedalism.
By: Merianna Harrelson When a megachurch pastor admitted to sexual misconduct with a minor, the church responded with applause and a standing ovation. It further illustrates the spiritual abuse that corrupts churches and society.
By: Colin Harris Martin Luther King Jr. didn't fit the formal, academically oriented images of "theologian" in his day, but theology was changing from primarily reflection to engagement. And King was its standard bearer.
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: Lynne Hybels Women around the world have been disproportionately impacted by all the great global tragedies. And women need to be disproportionately engaged in the solution. One answer: #SilenceIsNotSpiritual
By: Colin Harris As you step into the new year, you face a choice. It's a choice found repeatedly throughout Scripture: You can either make choices conducive to life or choices counterproductive to it. What's your choice?
By: Rupen Das Human society will never escape the problem of the equitable distribution of the physical and cultural good, which provides for the preservation and fulfillment of human life. Yet God will bring transformation.