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.
By: Larry Eubanks Many Christians accept the basics of Christianity but still reject Jesus' overall teachings. They advocate violence toward enemies, do little to help the poor and discriminate against foreigners and minorities.
By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings) Countering the words of partisans at home and abroad who use religion to advance causes of hate and distortion, John Kerry called for understanding the role religion plays in the lives of billions.
By: Robert Guffey In the swift stream of our times, we all seek a lasting peace. There's only one source. It's the love and grace of God, which will open the doorway to heaven on earth and fill your life with the gladness of God.
By: Molly T. Marshall Many people of faith follow the same life script as people without faith: get into the best school, get the highest paying job and so on. Perhaps it's time for church to offer an alternate script for success.
By: Ircel Harrison Senior adults are not just recipients of ministry. Many are still active in serving and caring. For those of us in church leadership, we must not forget that senior adults remain an important part of the church.
By: Steve McMullin Many domestic violence victims suffer in silence, afraid to let anyone know what is happening in their homes. Many attend churches but are afraid to ask for help. Here is how your church can help them.
By: Chuck Summers We sin against creation on a regular basis. We wipe out animals from their habitats, cut down acres of majestic trees and kill fish with poisoned waters. Is it time to ask for forgiveness from God's creation?
By: Ashley al-Saliby Western fears about Islam and Muslims are surging again. Will we stand up to the media's negative perceptions of the Islamic faith? Or succumb to the hatred and fear from which God's mercy saved us?
By: Douglas Smith Christian volunteers I met while in prison helped me see that I am not defined by the worst thing I ever did, and to find forgiveness and hope. Will other prisoners find such help from the church?
By: Glen Marshall Evangelism often happens best when it happens obliquely. If evangelism is always the primary motivator for everything we are, do and say, we will end up making our evangelism inauthentic.
By: Bader Mansour As a gentile who lived and worked among Jews for many years, many people were a light along my way. You can choose to be a blessing, lighting the path of others, or you can be a curse.
By: Dennis Bickers Most churches have no idea what their financial future looks like. Those who do pretend it won't happen to them. Here are five steps your church should take now to secure its future finances.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray The reading of the Scriptures had been downgraded in our churches and our homes. Our congregations are becoming increasingly biblically illiterate. Therefore, we need to bring back the Bible to church.
By: Mark Tidsworth Does your church celebrate the good things? An important element of pastoral leadership is to ask: How are we doing with celebrating God's good work in and through our congregations?
By: Larry Eubanks The presence of persecution doesn't mean a Christian is being prophetic. Sometimes it means that, on any particular issue, people who are Christians can be less righteous than those who aren't.