By: Jonathan Davis Rural ministers have unique temptations that threaten to derail them. Unlike their big-city counterparts, these pastors of small-town churches must be on their guard for these temptations.
By: Mark Tidsworth Some church leaders desire to keep as many people happy as often as possible, but this leads to a watered-down, tepid religion. Here's what your church needs to do to become a robust congregation.
By: Molly T. Marshall Mary Oliver's poem, "The Summer Day," poses the question: "What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" The wild and precious life of Jesus beckons us to allow transfiguration in our lives.
By: Philip Jenkins Whatever might drive migrants to move, they carry their religions with them. And for many, the experience of migration produces religious demands that simply can't be met within the older religious framework.
By: Lynne Hybels A majority of white evangelicals don't feel a responsibility to Syrian refugees, but I believe as a Christian that caring for refugees is an act of worship and obedience to a God whose kingdom is global.
By: Gordon King Activists are constantly on the move, often measuring self-worth by the quantity of work achieved rather than by soul work. To effectively address global issues, action and contemplation must intertwine for Christians.
By: Colin Harris While the prophet calls us to speak up and be heard, often boldly in the face of threat and opposition, wisdom has a quieter call to live a certain way in the ordinary, everyday moments and circumstances.
By: Neville Callam The Bible shows Christians the right attitude toward the stranger. Hospitality to strangers links us both with God and with others. It is a wonderful way of experiencing the presence of the Holy One.
By: Greg Magruder and Mary Lynne Moore Don't think you can be involved in international ministries? You can, and you don't even have to travel overseas. International students are in your community, and your church can reach out to them.
By: Juan Aragon The needs in our world are so overwhelming that we run the risk of becoming unresponsive and impervious. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reminds us to bestow his love and grace to everyone.
By: Edgardo Martinez First Baptist Church of El Paso, Texas, ministers to immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. Moving beyond charitable acts, they are also challenging a system that causes poverty and other injustices.
By: Matthew J. Tuininga While Christians respect the government's right to determine when and how refugees come into the U.S., we must pray and advocate for accepting as many refugees as is safe and feasible.
By: Victor Gomez Building relationships is the first step for any ministry with immigrants. We can provide fish and teach people to fish, but will we make sure they have a fishing pole and access to the lake?
By: Philip Jenkins While immigration is a political hot potato in the U.S., it also has religious implications. When ordinary people move from one area or another, sometimes reluctantly, they take their religion with them.
By: Drew Smith While Christians can disagree about how to create an economy that is more just and fair, we cannot deny that Jesus was clear about what constituted God's vision of a just and fair economy.
By: Shannon Youell Evangelism is challenging in a post-truth world, but humans are still seekers of truth. How can church leaders re-engage Christians to share the truth of the gospel in our post-truth culture?
By: Larry Eubanks You can't use violence, no matter how justified, to interrupt the cycle of violence. In the end, violence can only perpetuate the cycle of violence. So what can stop escalating violence?
By: Colin Harris In our current climate of hostility, is there a way for a faith perspective to be peaceful while being a responsible participant in efforts to bring faith to bear on crucial issues that divide us?
By: Philip Jenkins Our society has gone through remarkable transformations in the last 40 years. Here are 12 of the most significant changes and megatrends that have influenced U.S. religion since the mid-1970s.
By: Gordon King If today's leaders and congregations wish to bear a prophetic witness, eight observations from the life of the Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, can help us address the challenges facing our wounded world.
By: Barry Howard Praying for a leader doesn't mean you affirm that leader's policies or character. It means you affirm the power of God in providing guidance and to intercede for that leader to be receptive to God's direction.
By: Doyle Sager The November election is over, and there's no more political tension in your church, right? If that's what you were hoping, you discovered those tensions morphed into something new. Here's how you can deal with it.