Christianity is a pinch of smelly yeast: messy, strange, complicated - outrageous in so many ways.  But folded into the human heart, and with the right nurture and conditions, it can swell into divine goodness, writes the Rev. Jim Burklo. Read more

Practicing Faith

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Upon turning 70, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas finds that a softening of her outlook compels her to speak truth to power nonetheless, especially about the United Methodist Church. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas embarks on an epic cruise up the Amazon River that has her pondering the global impact of Christianity and the region's future. Read more

Christy Thomas

A closed-door meeting of some 50 evangelical leaders gives the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper a glimmer of hope that the pernicious influence of politics on American Christianity can be reversed. Read more

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As long as people are following Jesus and giving everything up, then there will always be "the poor," writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

Instead of trying to build people into Christians, why not nurture them into faith the way a gardener tends plants? asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

Practicing Faith

Too many Christians today are placing politics above "the foundational teachings of Jesus," say the scholars and clergy who are calling on Christians to take stock of their beliefs and actions. Read more

In the Church


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Beware churches that place nationalism above loyalty to Jesus Christ, warns the Rev. Mike Slaughter. Read more

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Ever the risk-taker, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant turns his tongue-in-cheek lens on common misunderstandings about who Christians are, what they believe, and how they behave. Read more

Practicing Faith

Now that it has quite preaching about hell, just what does the church have to offer people, wonders the Rev. Christy Thomas. Read more

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Politics 2016

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In the midst of some of America's most rancorous political campaigns, the Rev. Mike Slaughter urges Christians not to let the faith by co-opted by those who would use it solely to gain political power. Read more

Practicing Faith

Taking his cue from public pressure on Muslims to disavow the violent acts of Islamist extremists, the Rev. Jim Buklo apologizes for all the atrocities committed in the name of Christianity down through the past 2,000 years. Read more


Christians reacted strongly to the latest Pew Trust study on religious affiliation in America, but the Rev. Rob Rynders says the results offer valuable information for churches to mend their ways. Read more

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The latest slaughter of Christians by ISIS causes the Rev. Richard Bryant to condemn Christian extremism as much as Islamic extremism. Read more


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With $100 left in his book budget at the end of 2014, the Rev. Jeremy Smith chose 10 books to read this year to enhance his ministry. Read more

Jeremy Smith

Desert Church

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In a response reminiscent of the now-iconic monologue by "Newsroom's" anchor man, the Rev. Jeremy Smith enumerates both Christianity's failures and what he thinks we should do about them. Read more

Jeremy Smith

  • A participant holds a lantern during a climate vigil outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The lanterns were lit with a small solar light that following the vigil were sent to community groups in the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the United States. (File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.)