By: Greg DeLoach As you hike life's trail, fears are a heavy burden weighing down your backpack. All of us pack what we fear. It's time to take a few things out of your pack and trust that you can carry on in this life's trek without them.
By: Bill Wilson It's important to appreciate your church's traditions, but if your church is going to have a future, members must be willing to engage their imaginations and push past the limitations of their memories.
By: Mark Tidsworth A central purpose of Christian churches is to develop people into disciple of Jesus, but our programs and events often aren't effective at achieving this goal. Here is a 5-step process to transform your church.
By: Gordon King and Rupen Das God expresses redemptive love and concern for the most vulnerable members of the community. In biblical times, this group comprised widows, orphans and aliens. Who are today's vulnerable?
By: Gordon King and Rupen Das A biblical criterion for evaluating the morality of a community is the quality of care provided to widows, orphans and aliens. This ethical approach offers an important perspective to analyze current social issues.
By: Rick Love Many mission workers don't know how to engage the mainstream media. When our in-house language doesn't align with what we say to those outside the household of faith, our words can be misunderstood.
By: Bill Owen Conversations can be powerful. They can make or break churches. Pastors should never underestimate the power of conversation, whether in the hallways, around the table or from the pulpit. It all matters.
By: Ray Higgins Christians must stand against the evil and sinful nature of prejudice, racism, white supremacy and Nazism as well as any who advocate for these anti-Christian philosophies. Here are 4 ways you and your church can do that.
By: David Draper Genuine Christian friends can help us to be honest about those personal demons we all face but to which we rarely admit. If you have friends like that, wonderful. If not, begin slowly to open up. We need each other.
By: J. Michael "Mickey" Robertson After Mickey Robertson preached a sermon that condemned the KKK and its racist ideology, a symbol was carved into a tree near the congregation's outdoor meeting space. It's an old symbol resurrected by the "New Klan."
By: Jennifer Bryson While Christians may be good about talking to or even at Muslims, we need to do more "sacrificial listening." Such conversations may not necessarily lead to agreement, but they have the potential to reach understanding.
By: Wade Smith The blessings we have received from the Lord are meant to bless others. As some groups today direct their hate toward others, we must step up to advocate for the victimized. Here are 3 steps we can take.
By: Joe LaGuardia What happens when people in churches have irreconcilable differences that discernment cannot overcome? Scripture reveals 4 ways that such conflicts can lead to new seasons of ministry.
By: EthicsDaily Staff The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation launches the season of Creationtide from Sept. 1 through Oct. 4. Numerous resources are available to help congregational leaders observe the season.
By: Ed Hogan The devastation from Hurricane Harvey will be felt by churches and their communities for years to come. As churches prepare their mission budgets, leaders can make plans now to send teams to Houston in 2018.
By: Mark Tidsworth Many reasons and motives exist for changing churches, but frequently we should stay. If you're on the verge of walking away from your church for good, here are 5 things to consider before you close that door.
By: Zach Dawes To aid local churches and their leaders in preparing for the Labor Day holiday, EthicsDaily.com is running a two-part series this week, starting with this column featuring resources to help plan holiday services.
By: Elie Haddad Whether or not our governments are good stewards of their derived authority, how does this affect the actions of Jesus' followers? The church should influence the value system that people and governments live by.
By: Danny Chisholm Even though some churches have political or theological litmus tests, we should always appreciate our unity in diversity. We can sit in the same pews and worship the same God even if we have different views.
By: Ferrell Foster All people are created equal. That's why it's important to protect the freedom for people to be different even as we insist that all persons have equal value, both before God and the law.
By: Bill Wilson The time when a new minister starts his or her ministry at a church may seem idyllic, but traps abound. Healthy churches and ministers pay attention to these potential trouble spots to avoid being snared.
By: Roger Olson Having women ministers is not evidence of a "liberal trend." Many conservative churches have accepted women in leadership roles. Christians who reject women ministers are usually quite inconsistent in practice.