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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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Theology Resources: A Select Bibliography

This select list of books invites the exploration of underlying theological convictions. Specifically chosen to encourage the development of transformative leaders, the list of foundational and formational resources is provided... read more >

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Exploring New Ways to Imagine God

Seeing a woman in the pulpit challenges assumptions people have about the categories of minister and woman. Those churches most able to support female leaders use a variety of images... read more >

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The Hierarchy of Holiness

The contemporary Western world has difficulty thinking well of hierarchy, but in the Eastern Orthodox Church hierarchy has maintained a sense of divinity. The Russian Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky thought... read more >

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Spiritual Practices of Christian Leaders

Protestant communities may be moving away from the head-based faith of John Calvin toward the heart-based faith of John Wesley in response to the emerging post-modernism of contemporary American society.... read more >

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Economic Recession and Christian Redemption

The current downturn in the U.S. economy is affecting most Christian congregations. Clergy must strike a balance between offering spiritual comfort and providing practical help. This article explores how clergy... read more >

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The Role of Grants in Churches

As Sunday offerings decline because of the recession, church leaders might consider grants to replace lost resources. Granting agencies want to see their money spent to help the broader community... read more >

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Money and Faith in Hard Times

Many faith communities face difficult financial circumstances in even the best of times. When the general economy is down, more churches feel the pinch, and those already on the edge... read more >

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A Piano for Christmas

It’s never too early for a great Christmas ad. This is from the folks at John Lewis in Great Britain, who every year...

Can Religion Unite America?

    Calling out racism in American churches, David Gushee, the outgoing president of the American Academy of...

Are American's Religious Communities Unique?

Two-thirds of U.S. Christians pray daily, compared with a median of just 18 percent of Christians across 15 countries...

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