By: David W. T. Brattston Usury is the practice of charging excessively high interest rates on loans instead of being content with repayment of the principal. It was a practice that early Christians held in contempt.
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan We love a good game of us vs. them. We stake the claim of the divide with no possibility of middle ground. But what happens when you get to know a "them," and they become more like an "us"?
By: Jon Kuhrt How can Christians share their faith in relevant ways that do not make people squirm with embarrassment? One way is through a commitment to social justice, such as support for living wages.
By: Griff Martin Many churches are facing serious struggles or are in decline. Instead of measuring success by numbers, money, fame or power, churches must begin to measure their significance. Here's how.
By: Ferrell Foster Others may turn away from the suffering of refugees, but followers of Jesus can't afford such apathy. By caring for those who suffer, we're caring for Him. Jesus is a refugee, and he needs us.
By: Guy Sayles Our political process offers many valuable - albeit negative - lessons for church leaders. However, politics does teach us the importance of fashioning networks and coalitions, all for the common good.
By: Rick Love Evangelical pastors and Muslim imams declared their commitment to making peace with one another, but some evangelicals uphold Jesus' exclusive truth claims without upholding his inclusive love aims.
By: Dennis Bickers Increasingly, many people leave the ministry before retirement. The average seminary grad exits within five years of graduating. These six practices will help you remain in ministry.
By: Joel Snider When we think of greed, we picture Ebenezer Scrooge counting coins in his drafty house or Michael Douglas in "Wall Street" proclaiming greed's virtue. We think greed doesn't apply to us, but it does - often.
By: Larry Eubanks The Samaritan woman has been interpreted as an immoral woman for many years, but that wasn't the view before the Reformation. Sadly, the popular view aligns with our blame-the-victim society.
By: Leroy Seat Opposed to war and committed to a just and peaceful world, the Fellowship of Reconciliation will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Saturday. The world is better off because of its work over the past century.
By: Colin Harris A delicate balance exists between doctrine and faith. Tension builds between those who apply grace and mercy to long-standing doctrine and those who see doctrine as a basis for withholding grace and mercy.
By: Christopher B. Harbin Jesus called us to righteousness, but we've since changed the definition. We've adapted it to following of a specific code that has more to do with cultural norms than what is truly right. Jesus calls for justice.
By: Suzie Lahoud The idolatry of shaping God in our own image has been the root of much evil in the world. Those who believe the church's hands are clean are guilty of one of the most dangerous sins - apathy.
By: Suzie Lahoud When we attempt to make sense of the world by ordering the mind of God, we are inevitably fashioning him in our own image because the human mind is never free of prejudice. This is idolatry.
By: Randy Hyde Downloading a new operating system to your computer mirrors church life. Our old way of doing things is comfortable and familiar, but doing God's work requires time, effort and exploring the unfamiliar.
By: James Gordon Martha often gets the short end of the stick in the biblical account where Jesus visits Martha and Mary. But these women represent the two sides of discipleship - ministering to others and devotion to God.
By: Mark Tidsworth When churches struggle to survive, its members want to save it. Such motives are natural and healthy. But we must face the reality that God's mission focuses on the world, not any individual church.