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Hospitality is key to church growth

A competitive marketplace is forcing churches to embrace business practices to court fickle churchgoers.

Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

My wife and I recently relocated, which led us to visit a half-dozen churches in the past two months. Each seemed to have a downside.

The music wasn’t that great, or the message wasn’t what I wanted to hear, or the attendance left something to be desired. They didn’t take Communion by the method to which I’d grown accustomed. Their greeters seemed to have inauthentic smiles. They didn’t have small groups. They didn’t have much of a missions program.

78 institutions nationwide awarded grants ranging from $31,000 to $1 million

Deepen Worship with Collaborative Visual Displays

Deepen Worship with Collaborative Visual Displays

Using materials as simple as duct tape, cloth and cinder block, the staff and laypeople at Tabernacle Baptist Church create visual installations that immerse the congregation -- including a significant population of Burmese refugees -- in the worship experience.

Eugene Peterson: 7 Thoughts on Christian Living

Eugene Peterson: 7 Thoughts on Christian Living


Jana Reiss spent some time revisiting passages from Eugene Peterson's books that she's marked through the years as meaningful. Here are seven favorites.

Resurrection starts with grace
“Nothing and no one is a mere object, a thing that we can ignore or dispose of as we like ...  [More from Religion News Service]:

How to Help with A Religious Response to Global Warming

How to Help with A Religious Response to Global Warming

"The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. More and more people of faith are coming together to respond to the threat of climate change." [Read more].

The Religion and State (RAS) project

The Religion and State (RAS) project

The Religion and State (RAS) project is a university-based project located at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. The general goal is to provide detailed codings on several aspects of separation of religion and state for 183 states on a yearly basis between 1990 and 2014. This constitutes all countries with populations of 250,000 or more, as well as a sampling of countries with lower populations.

The Benefits of Awareness of Mortality

The Benefits of Awareness of Mortality

"In becoming forcibly and essentially aware of my own mortality, and of what I wished and wanted for in my life, however short it might be, priorities and omissions became strongly etched in a merciless light and what I most regretted were my silences. Of what had I ever been afraid?"

On Being Gathering in February and Other News From On Being

On Being Gathering in February and Other News From On Being

According to On Being founder Krista Tippett, We are now the On Being Project. And I’m thrilled to introduce you to the beautiful, expanded On Being team.

Meanwhile, we’ve been producing the On Being episode each week as ever, adding new voices to the blog, and also making some new things.

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Latest Syllabi From Wabash Center

Latest Syllabi from Wabash Center.Religion and AnthropologyReligious Sects and CultsMethodological and conceptual issues that arise in studying New Religious Movements (NRMs). BibleBible and Western CultureKey examples of biblical traditions and critical... read more >

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The Core of the American Self-image and the Reality

Where do we go when we realize we aren’t who we want to be? This question stayed with me after listening to this week’s...

World’s Largest Children’s Museum Celebrates Unique Global Partnership

Rare antiquities from Greece including mythological gods and goddesses, a replica of the Antikythera mechanism and fine...

Sacred Roots Thriving in Ministry (SRTM) Project Gets Lilly Funding

Rev. Hank Voss Jr., assistant professor of Biblical studies, was recently awarded a five-year, nearly one million...

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