By: Simon Barrow God loves us beyond the divisions that life naturally imposes. The idea that our hospitality should extend only to those of our own nation flies in the face of the biblical call to love our neighbors.
By: Barry Howard Religious liberty allows people to worship freely without fear of persecution and protects citizens from compulsory religious participation. It's also a freedom we too often take for granted.
By: Wade Smith Our nation is polarized, angry and fearful. Political rhetoric and vitriol continue to escalate. Our fear has robbed us of how to live. We've forgotten the meaning of liberty and the joy of pursuing happiness.
By: Mike Kuhn If we can begin to overcome the hindrances to unity that have plagued Christianity for hundreds of years, maybe we'll discover that our traditions and diversity can be mutually enriching.
By: Mike Kuhn Radical Islamic groups, known as takfīrīs, control through power and enforced conformity. Divergence can mean exclusion or death. While Christian churches aren't so harsh, we can enforce rigid rules.
By: Chuck Summers Every day seems to bring news of yet another horrible event. It's enough to make you despair. However, the efforts of good people and our faith in God give us hope and keep us from succumbing to despair.
By: Terrell Carter Following a set of rules doesn't make people acceptable to God, yet we have a tendency to use rules to determine who is worthy of God's love and who can be cast aside. We are all equal in God's sight.
By: Jerrod Hugenot Taking risks can be good. When churches feel more like circling the wagons than trying anything approaching adaptive change, it shows throughout their ministry and the way they share the gospel.
By: Renée Embree Growing your church or ministry is good. It's not all about the numbers but about helping people know the God who loves them. Here are 6 ways your church or ministry can begin to flourish.
By: Colin Harris Purity and wholeness are good things, but as guides for ethical perspective, they can lead in different directions. One defends an image of perfection; the other affirms the interrelatedness of all of life.
By: Dennis Bickers Churches are in transition, similar to a trapeze artist who has let go of one swing and is suspended midair while the next swing approaches. Here are 7 changes the approaching future holds.
By: Michael Cheuk One year ago, nine black members of a South Carolina church were killed by a visitor. That led pastors in a Virginia community to unite and discuss taking the first step toward racial unity in their city.
By: Chuck Summers Many churches spend more time in conflict than loving each other. Our nation and the international community are equally divided. So much divides us, but surely we can agree we have the planet in common.
By: Rick Love Nearly six out of 10 evangelical pastors believe Islam is dangerous and promotes violence, research found. To counter that false narrative, here are three ways you can help congregants see the truth.
By: Brent McDougal People are consumed by the politics of division and polarization. Can we face the climate of hopelessness and powerlessness without giving in or giving up? Sometimes, you need to stare down the elephant.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray Many churches are trapped in a time-warp, unable to relate to the culture around. They may make small changes, but they're impenetrable to the outside world. It's time to recalibrate.
By: Danny Chisholm Churches with differing doctrines can come together to support reforms to the payday loan industry so poor people aren't forced into financial slavery over loans of less than $1,000.
By: Christina Embree We often start conversations with what's wrong with society. Instead, what if we focused on God's goodness? We don't have to ignore what's wrong, but we need to change the conversation's tone.
By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings) Protestant and Catholic women who attended weekly religious services were more likely to live longer than those who didn't attend, a JAMA article says. So should we all start filling the pews?
By: Matt Sapp Our divided nation agrees on one thing: We're concerned about our nation's moral condition. Can Christians offer an alternative between moral relativism and the dogmatism of religious fundamentalists?
By: Chris Smith Pastoring can be daunting, painful, disappointing and down-right depressing. It can also offer times of great fulfillment, joy, peace and gladness. Here are 10 lessons I've learned on the journey.
By: Dennis Bickers Millennials will soon begin to step into leadership roles in every organization including churches. But they won't be content to manage like current leadership. They want to lead and make a difference.
By: Jerrod Hugenot Every church will one day come to an end of their ministry. While it's hard for local congregations to accept that their ministries are concluding, the universal church will continue.