By: Danny Chisholm The level of discourse in our country has deteriorated to toxic levels. Pastors, ministers, rectors and clergy of all denominations (or lack thereof) must take responsibility for setting a positive tone of civility in our nation.
By: John Weaver We can see the results of global warming around the world, but does Christianity support concerns about climate change? God encourages us to hold on to hope and will ultimately bring about the redemption of creation.
By: Colin Harris The U.S. seems to be facing a national tipping point that will reorient our thinking on the matter of leadership. While many will declare winners and losers, faith leaders must cultivate an ethics of restoration.
By: Steven Schafer Christians fall into two viewpoints - revisionists and traditionalists - in the debate regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ people and their relationships in the church. Neither side is asking the more pressing questions.
By: Ron Rolheiser We live in a world awash in moral outrage, which is actually the antithesis of morality. Its practitioners claim to be on the side of God and truth, but they often are complicit in the vert things they demonize.
By: Zach Dawes Many churches support creation care but aren't sure where to start or what to do to make a difference. If your church needs some inspiration, here are ideas on what other congregations are doing.
By: Molly T. Marshall A persisting theological question is what actually happened to our forebears as sin entered the world. While some speak of "total depravity," a more accurate picture is no part of us is untouched by sin.
By: Joe LaGuardia Our worldview is the lens through which we interpret the world and our place in it, but few Christians reflect on whether they see the world as Christ sees it. Do you know your worldview?
By: Chuck Summers Somehow, someway, the church must encourage and model love for God's creation. More than ever, the church needs to help people make the connection between loving God and loving the earth.
By: Trevor Neill The picture of Jesus offered by the gospels is that of a figure who is constantly taking sides on behalf of the poor and marginalized. However, many of our presentations of the gospel skew this vision of Jesus.
By: Aaron D. Weaver Martin Luther King Jr. and Memphis sanitation workers launched the environmental justice movement 50 years ago. Today, we must ensure that environmental injustices don't linger on the backburner.
By: Ed Hogan Churches from all denominational stripes came together in Houston to help the community rebuild after the hurricane. If only churches in the U.S. could sustain a similar unified purpose to reflect Christ's love.
By: Trevor Neill An emphasis on the reform of individual lives has long been a mainstay of evangelical conviction, but the danger is that it blinds us to the injustice that is hardwired into systems and structures.
By: Trevor Neill Churches once understood evangelism to be mainly about proclamation, but many churches have had a reawakening of their social conscience. Does our thinking need time to catch up with our doing?
By: Zach Dawes Analyzing taxation from a faith perspective has become taboo. It's rarely discussed from the pulpit; theologians have shied away from it. Yet a just tax system is one avenue by which we pursue the common good.
By: Lori Walke People of faith should work to make sure that our state and federal taxes go to the common good, specifically for economic justice, public education and social services for our most vulnerable neighbors.
By: Ircel Harrison Even though the Christian movement has survived and prospered over the year because followers were willing to learn, grow and innovate, church folks still resist innovation. For a start, check out Google.
By: Bob Browning Paying taxes is the duty of every citizen. In the U.S., we have a say in how the government levies, collects and distributes our taxes. As Christians, we must join these discussions because the gospel shows up in budgets.
By: Mark Tidsworth Looking for the best method to revitalize your congregation? Not! With inspiration from the mind of C.S. Lewis, here are 7 deadly tips from Screwtape on how to keep your church from fulfilling its calling.
By: Patrick DeVane Schools and churches have much to offer each other in mutually beneficial ways that bless the church, school and greater community. Here's how one church began to make a difference in local public schools.
By: Gordon King Destructive violence has plagued society since the earliest days of our history. It didn't make sense then; it doesn't now. Studying Jesus' encounter with Legion, however, can help us make some sense of evil.
By: Anika T. Whitfield Public schools represent all without discrimination, privilege or preference, yet remain under fierce attack. Many Christians have failed these schools through silence or lack of support. We can no longer remain so.