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.
By: Colin Sedgwick Real loneliness is a constant, inescapable, grinding, gnarling sense of being invisible to other people, of not mattering. And our crowded churches are filled with lonely people. Do you see them?
By: Mark Tidsworth Over the centuries, as church and culture and government blended, the word "member" took on a new meaning in church life. Members focus on rights and privileges. Members volunteer; disciples serve.
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: Roger Olson Many churches send a group of their congregants on a mission trip to help those "poor other people." Do they need more help? Or do we? Churches might benefit more from a mission trip in reverse.
By: Matthew Hensley In colonial days, a common was owned by no one but belonged to all. In today's isolating society, churches can create a new commons - one founded on hospitality and not on what they might gain.
By: Brent McDougal Missions can't be a bait-and-switch to get people to come to a worship service. To grow a genuine mission work in your community, your church must invest time, attentiveness and love.
By: Dennis Bickers Some churches consider churches from other denominations as competitors. Instead of trying to build up our individual churches, let's unite with others as colleagues on mission with God.
By: Neville Callam Once a staple of corporate worship life, Harvest Thanksgiving was a time when life in agrarian communities was adorned by rich annual celebrations of the providential care of the God of nature.