By: Robert Creech Pope Francis' vision for the environment is a call to practical action, personal ecological conversion and lifestyle change. Here are five ways your church can care for the environment today.
By: Greg DeLoach After 10 years serving as First Baptist of Augusta's pastor, I had never met our Baptist neighbors across the street. Following the Charleston massacre, I knew it was long overdue for me to meet them.
By: Stephen Holmes The pope narrates the world, and our relationship to it, in new ways. If we accept his acts of redescription, then we will have no choice but to relate to creation, and to each other, differently.
By: Kathryn Kraft Not only are Lebanese churches providing Syrian refugees with food, blankets, clothing and education, they are also meeting their spiritual needs. Here are four ways they're doing it.
By: John Weaver Pulling no punches, Pope Francis offered a clear biblical mandate to care for creation, calling for a Christ-like attitude, which recognizes that all people are in God's image and none is superfluous.
By: Zach Dawes Pope Francis' wide-ranging encyclical on the environment speaks boldly about the imperative that Christians have to take care of God's creation and notes the frequent moral failure of humanity to do so.
By: Larry Eubanks Reading and interpreting the Bible is like playing baseball. Outfielders must know the ball's trajectory and move to catch it. And those who can't judge the Bible's trajectories are stuck in right field.
By: Ircel Harrison God still calls women and men to ministry, and churches need leaders. The traditional forms of providing theological education must change to meet the realities of individual lifestyles without sacrificing quality.
By: Joel Snider People who work with those in deeply engrained poverty must balance the need to alleviate desperation versus creating dependency. To understand the struggle of that decision, you must know the people in crisis.
By: Ron Rolheiser Too often, many Christians are embittered moralizers, secretly envying the amoral and criticizing our world out of bitterness. It's an occupational hazard for the good and faithful. Is it tripping you up?
By: Margot and Martin Hodson Churches have substantial investments, including pensions, in fossil fuel. Is it ethical for them to invest in fossil fuels? How can environmental ethics inform their decision making?
By: David Fitch Some folks serve their church in traditional organized functions; others serve outside the church walls. Both groups must come together in a way that's seamless and represents a whole of way of life.
By: Colin Harris Life seems to be a journey of expanding consciousness broadening our world with each step. Can we see our Christian faith in terms of increasingly wider horizons? Or will we remain focused on ourselves?
By: Thomas Kidd We're constantly at risk of developing tunnel vision because of our culture. For U.S. evangelicals, the two greatest risks to biblical faithfulness are the prosperity gospel and the gospel of American patriotism.
By: Michael Shaw At the heart of false worship is that it is all about us, all about what God can do for us, a warm feeling of self-satisfaction. By contrast, true worship hurts because it changes things for us and others around us.
By: David Kerrigan Why is it assumed that communion is only for believers? If we believe new truth can still break through from God's Word, dare we allow our prophetic imagination to see something potentially new?
By: Bill Wilson Turning the world upside down is risky business for churches. They must be ready to weigh new ideas, suggest alternatives, propose new methods or raise questions. And some folks won't like it.