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Rural Church Trapped in Holy Saturday Theology

Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, is “suspended between loss and hope, death and resurrection, mourning and new life.” It is also where many rural churches... read more >

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On Washing Hands and Prayer

When a hospital in Pittsburgh sought to reduce hospital-based infections, the medical staff told stories of missing hand gel dispensers, the absence of soap, etc. The hospital restructured to resolve... read more >

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The Power in Humility

“The witness of Jean Vanier is that gentleness, forged from friendship with the most vulnerable among us, is power – if we look at things in Jesus’ crazy-but-right way.” In... read more >

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For Such a Time as This – Sermon

Is it possible that all of your experiences – your gifts and strengths, your limitations and weaknesses, your successes and failures – are the very things by which God has... read more >

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Leadership and Loneliness

The nature of the Trinity means that even God is never alone. Our God is “a kind of conversation rather than silence.” And because God has eternally chosen to be... read more >

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The Nature of Love and Leadership - Video

As a leader you must be in communion with those you lead; you must know those you lead by their names. So says Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, an... read more >

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Understand Theology Through the Arts: A Video

Differentiating “theology for the arts,” from “arts for theology,” theologian and pianist Jeremy Begby reflects on the way the arts can help us explore and understand theology. Using an example... read more >

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What It Means to be a Christian Leader

St. Augustine argued that Christian leaders should not try to imitate Christ because he was sinless. Instead we are called to repentance. So leaders should imitate the saints – those... read more >

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Jesus Refuses to Stay Put - Sermon

In this light-hearted essay, United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon portrays Jesus as the prophet who refuses to stay within the boundaries or respect the forms we create for him in... read more >

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Introducing a Theology of Articulation

The Theology of Articulation requires testimony, community and authenticity as it seeks to put words to the experience of incarnation in the daily lives of suffering people. The concept grew... read more >

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Looking for Online Resources?

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

"Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day." —...

Apply for a Thriving in Ministry Grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a new grant program to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus...

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