By: Lee Camp Happiness is central to historical Christian faith and practice. Christians must give themselves a break from indulgent self-loathing, loosen up, live a little and learn how to grow up by tasting a bit of joy.
By: Lee Camp Unable to keep all the rules we've made up for ourselves and others, Christians can become caught up in self-hatred that comes from such legalism. Aquinas insisted Christian faith was about happiness.
By: Rupen Das In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus challenges the culture of honor for the rich and shame for the poor. Like the rich man, we cannot exclude the outsider as unworthy of our care.
By: James Gordon In many nations today, the new god on the block is austerity; deficit reduction is its demanding consort. Those of us who advocate for the poor and vulnerable must challenge this god's veracity, legitimacy and efficacy.
By: Mark Tidsworth The North American Christian church is losing its cultural majority status and privilege, along with its influence in the public square. The churches that flourish will practice these three things.
By: Matt Sapp As more middle-class families feel the economy's squeeze, giving to church becomes a greater challenge. Sometimes, church leaders need to stop asking and start saying thank you louder and more often.
By: Bill Wilson Churches used to be a source of entrepreneurship, but many have abandoned that spirit and are in survival mode. Instead of being a green-light church where ideas are born, they're stuck in yellow and red.
By: Larry Eubanks When Jesus called for the release of prisoners, he was seeking justice for the poor imprisoned because of debt. Today's predatory lending practices essentially enslave people in poverty.
By: Logan Carpenter Review Alcoholics Anonymous' 12-step program, and you'll see the organization expects a lot from those who attend. They are family who hold each other accountable. The church could learn from them.
By: Jonathan Langley Africa is a diverse continent with more than 50 countries. It's vital for mission and aid agencies to communicate genuine needs when raising funds without perpetuating damaging African stereotypes.
By: Philip Jenkins Much of what we think of today as the fundamental institutions and ideologies of Christian America actually date to the 1950s, says the author of "One Nation Under God." But some reviewers stretch his assertions.
By: Vinoth Ramachandra When earthquakes and other natural disasters strike poor nations, some blame the high death tolls on the fall of man. The blame falls to corruption and incompetence that fails to protect the poor.
By: David Fitch While pop theology authors have connected with readers, we need serious theological engagement and exposure to the broader history of the way Christians have engaged the issue of interpreting Scripture.
By: Gershon Nimbalker Some Christians believe their faith and politics don't mix. In a secular democracy, however, Christians should speak out to protect individuals' rights, promote the common good and pursue justice.
By: Ircel Harrison It's not enough to identify and disciple leaders for the church. Leaders need to invest their time to mentor young leaders who will in turn invest their time training the following generation.
By: Bill Owen You may feel cramped in the window seat of a flight, but you have a great view of the world. The aisle seat offers far more comfort. Metaphorically speaking, many churches prefer the aisle seat.
By: Bill Wilson Weekly church attendance is in serious decline as loyal members attend less frequently than before. Here are 10 of the most frequent places they go on Sundays when they're not in church.
By: Guy Sayles God has given mankind dominion over the earth, but we've distorted that meaning to justify exploitation of the earth's nonhuman creatures and profligate waste of its resources. We are not owners, but stewards.
By: David Hull Churches are either guardians or gardeners. Is yours protecting the ministries that were planted yesterday or digging new soil, planting new seeds and pruning back the old so that new growth can occur?
By: Zach Dawes April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month in several states. For churches that want to educate their members and to increase their vigilance about genocide, abundant resources exist.
By: Mark Tidsworth Many Christians see the process of growing as disciples as personal, private and individualistic, believing they don't need a community of faith. Here's why playing the John Wayne type won't work.
By: Azar Ajaj While the church in Israel is doing a good job on the spiritual level by presenting the gospel, little has occurred on the social level and almost nothing on the political level. It's time to be a prophetic voice.
By: Bob Browning Jesus couldn't ignore the plight of those who were being exploited, especially by the religious leaders. He accepted his mission to be an advocate for the poor and powerless. We also have no higher calling.