My heart is often heavy these days as we see so much hatred, lying, fear, bullying, starvation, and war all around our community, nation, and world.God in Christ calls us not to allow the ways of this world to overwhelm us but instead to walk with and trust in Jesus, as through him we strive…
In a portion of the "Great Faith" section of the book of Hebrews, the writer lifts up the names of Gideon, Samson, David, and others. In many ways, they were just ordinary people who were able to do extraordinary actions through the power and guidance of God. Again and again in this section,…
Many of us are blessed during the summer, and this year especially blessed, as pandemic restrictions have loosened, to be able to make trips to see family and friends.
Vatican City (AP) — Pope Francis elevated 20 more churchmen to the rank of cardinal on Saturday, formally expanding those now eligible to vote for his successor in case he dies or resigns — the latter a step he has said he’d consider if the need arises.
Triple-digit temperatures across America, power companies on high alert for power grid failures, seniors going to cooling shelters, and fires raging in the West: the cause we are told is climate change. The earth is warming. Scientists propose solutions, but it is not easy getting everyone t…
Philadelphia (AP) — Demolition of a shuttered 19th-century church in Philadelphia has begun following a yearslong battle by some neighbors to save the crumbling structure.
On the desk in my office, there is a sculpture that was given to me by a church member and friend who went home to be with the Lord many years ago. The sculpture is of a man kneeling, leaning on a chair, and praying with a Bible next to him on the floor. The placard on the sculpture is embla…
When I was growing up, my mother would often communicate her frustration with me by using sayings. If I had “gotten too big for my britches,” she could “take me down a peg or two” by offering to “knock the chip off my shoulder.”
Recently I have witnessed our nation struggling with the heartache, frustration, and disappointment of dealing with deadly violence. I am often asking myself and God, “Why?”
As a nation, we have just celebrated another Independence Day. There were parades and picnics and fireworks. We remembered our founding fathers who put their lives on the line, giving us the framework to govern this great nation.
Once upon a time in the Civil Air Patrol, we lost a lot of clergy. They did not want to have their fingerprints taken to continue to serve, and many left.
Praise and lament for the overturning of abortion rights filled sacred spaces this weekend as clergy across the U.S. rearranged worship plans or rewrote sermons to provide their religious context—and competing messages—about the historic moment.
Churches across the U.S. are tackling the big question of how to address homelessness in their communities with a small solution: tiny homes.
Jesus said to us: “Come to me all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest” (Matthew 11:28-29 GNT).
There are several ideas that may come to your mind when you think of living a life of worship. One may be which church you attend, how often you read the Bible, how often you pray, etc.
Williamsport, Pa. — Transform Williamsport, a community volunteer effort to improve local homes, is set to return this summer from Aug. 1 through Aug. 5.The large-scale, week-long volunteering event organized by First United Methodist Church brings members of the community together to serve …
When I was a kid, I remember going on trips with my grandparents to shop at what seemed like a distant mall. (I think it was about an hour away). If you have ever been on one of these trips with kids, you know what question I began to ask: “Are we there yet?”
Each time I read through the events of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, I find something new that touches me. This year it was Mary Magdalene who I saw in a new way.
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