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Je Suis Charlie

Beyond 'Je Suis ...'

Christians can make the slogan of the Charlie Hebdo massacre -- 'Je Suis Charle' -- into a true vow of solidarity if they practice the kind of incarnated love that Jesus showed, writes Michael Higgs.

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The Problem of Evil: Deliver Us from Temptation

The Church really needs to come up with a better answer to the question of why there is so much evil in a world that God meant for good, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. more »

Jan 29, 2015 5:45 PM Christy Thomas

Radical Jesus 101: Is Humanity Good or Evil?

The Rev. Morgan Guyton ponders the question that won't go away: are human beings inherently good or tainted with original sin? more »

Jan 29, 2015 5:22 PM Morgan Guyton

Illustration Courtesy of Christy Thomas

You Want to Welcome Visitors? 12 Website Tips

Professional "mystery worshiper" Christy Thomas stresses a truth of today's world: A church's website is now its "front door" and needs to serve a welcoming function. more »

Jan 29, 2015 7:38 AM Christy Thomas

Life Is Too Short ...

A Beatles' song and plenty of common wisdom pose a critical question about how to live our lives with compassion, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. more »

Jan 29, 2015 7:28 AM Perspectives

Good Shepherd UMC's banner features a biracial couple and the invitation "Come to Life."

Photo Courtesy of Talbot Davis

How Does A Middle-Age White Guy Pastor A Racially Diverse Church?

The Rev. Talbot Davis writes that his pastorate at a racially diverse United Methodist church in Charlotte, N.C., hinges on a single cause: lifting up Jesus. more »

Jan 29, 2015 7:06 AM Perspectives

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    Todd Anderson | Worship Is About Meaning, not Preference

Notable Quotes

"Whenever in the society or the church we treat another human being as somehow less than ourselves, and then construct ways to separate ourselves from them, we have ceased to live the Gospel."      The Rev. Steve Harper, author of some 30 books including his latest,  "For the Sake of the Bride: Restoring the Church to Her Intended Beauty."