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Our spiritual lives are like an old house. Now and then, they need a fresh coat of paint or a complete remodel. Perhaps your spiritual life is a fixer-upper project, long overdue for a demolition and rebuild. […] Read More

White supremacy, nationalism and racism threaten many people of faith. Those of us undeniably privileged by our culture at birth must use that privilege to benefit those who do not move through the world as easily as we do. […] Read More

We have integrated businesses, schools, buses and restrooms but not sanctuaries. It’s a sad commentary that U.S. Christians cannot come together one day a week for an hour or two. We remain hard-hearted when it comes to race. […] Read More

Patterns of worship and ministry continually evolve in response to the currents of culture and emerging understandings of the faith pilgrimage. No matter how the Christian community evolves, here are seven thoughts to consider. […] Read More

A few generations ago, Sunday School and related programs began to lose their centrality for the nurturing task within church fellowships. Today, prospects for a thriving future of healthy churches are not promising. […] Read More

There’s a time and place for honoring the U.S. flag, but church is for worshipping God alone. Pastors who want to remove the flag from the sanctuary often face angry members, raising serious concerns about idolatry. […] Read More

Participating in worship gatherings at least twice a month is uncommon for 18- to 22-year-old Protestants, a survey found. Two-thirds stopped attending regularly in the four years after high school. […] Read More

For many, December is a daily struggle of personal grief. During Advent, come alongside those in your faith community who need to voice complaint, anger, grief and despair in prayer. […] Read More

More churches are inviting parents to remove their children from worship services so they’re not a distraction. This trend is unbelievably counterintuitive to a faith literally passed down from one generation to another. […] Read More

We should add to the familiar question, “Who is my neighbor?” the less familiar inquiry, “Who is my neighborhood?” On the final night of a course on worship I’ve been teaching recently, we explored the extent to which our worship services were shaped by their neighborhoods or wider communities. This is a complicated matter. What […] Read More