By: Drew Smith Our society is good at building walls to separate us from those not like us, but not all those walls are brick and mortar. We also erect non-physical walls to keep us from building authentic community.
By: Vickey Casey Knowledge is power in countries such as Mozambique and Uganda, but telling people they have rights is only half the battle. Making affordable legal services available is another challenge altogether.
By: Vickey Casey Countless poor people all over the world need legal advice, advocacy and support but can't afford lawyers. Lawyers partnering with BMS World Mission are restoring balance to a system weighted against the poor.
By: Bryan Brock Lego buildings are fascinating structures. All those different-colored blocks connecting together to make one structure. But when it comes to church, we prefer everything and everyone to be the same.
By: Larry McSwain What's your church's bandwidth? We're not talking about your computers or anything technical. Every congregation has a certain amount of bandwidth in fulfilling its dreams for the future.
Bruce P. Rittenhouse (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
By: Bruce P. Rittenhouse (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings) Why do U.S. citizens remain attached to a consumeristic form of life? It performs the religious function of providing them with an answer to the existential problem of meaning.
By: Fayiah S. Tamba Although God has instructed children to obey their parents, that doesn't mean they should listen to negative commands that may hinder their relationships with God. Parents have a responsibility, too.
By: Roger Olson When Catholic Church cardinals chose their replacement for retiring Pope Benedict, I didn't care. Today, I've come to admire and recognize Pope Francis as a Christian leader. Here's why.
By: Terrell Carter Church leaders face an increasing maze of challenges in a society growing more secular. While he had his flaws, Machiavelli has three pieces of advice that are relevant for local church leaders.
By: Jerrod Hugenot Catholics and Baptists have both had varying levels of embrace for connecting faith and social justice. It's ultimately gratifying to see people of faith share abundance where scarcity might reign.
By: Brian Craig Before ever undertaking a cross-cultural short-term mission experience, realize all that you don't know and do some intentional study about the people group or country where you're headed.
By: Drew Smith While the actions of giving up private property by the early Christians may have been something radical, the reality is that these actions were actually normative for Christian identity and community.
By: Rupen Das What does righteous mean? The average church member likely associates it with being blameless or holy. Righteous can also be understood as an obligation in the context of our social relationships.
By: Matt Sapp The Rolling Stones have been going strong for more than 50 years. Their show has changed to adjust to the times, but their music and message are still the same. The church should take note.
By: James Gordon The Bible has a lot to say about food, especially when the powerful, who are well fed, control food distribution and increase the number of poor who go hungry. We have a responsibility to each other.
By: Rob Hewell Any person or group who holds a position deemed to be exclusivist and found to be offensive might be said to hold beliefs that are hateful toward others. Could that one day apply to Christian worship?
By: Juan Aragon The practices of hospitality and loving strangers are essential to our identity as Jesus' followers. How can we put those disciplines into practice with the immigrants among us? Here are four ways.
By: Barry Howard As you celebrate the unrivaled freedom we enjoy in the U.S., celebrate your religious liberty by exercising your freedom to worship. And respect the freedom of others to choose when or if they worship.
By: Terrell Carter Instead of exhibiting the traits of grace and love within our own lives, Christians are increasingly forcing their system of belief on people that don't see the benefits of participating in that system. Can we change?