August 20, 2019
The answer depends on congregational and community context and begins with another question: What does the gospel have to say to a broken and brokenhearted world in this moment? It has happened repeatedly in recent years. On Saturday afternoon, around 3 or 4 o’clock, my phone’s screen flashes alive with a news alert from The New York […]read moreabout When does breaking news compel a preacher to rewrite Sunday’s sermon?
August 19, 2019
Composite Illustration iStock / Rubio Singing draws people together, comforts the grieving, motivates and inspires. But most of all, it gives us hope, writes a Baptist pastor emeritus and singer. I come from a long line of singers. I remember as a child gathering around the piano with my parents to sing old gospel hymns. […]read moreabout Singing our way to hope
August 8, 2019
Catholic Extension When the Rev. Joe Tito crisscrossed the border between McAllen, Texas, and Reynosa, Mexico, he saw firsthand the drama that his immigrant parishioners had so often described to him. When the Rev. Joe Tito crisscrossed the border between McAllen, Texas, and Reynosa, Mexico, he saw firsthand the drama that his immigrant parishioners had […]read moreabout Lilly Endowment Inc. 2018 Annual Report
August 6, 2019
As we enter a new chapter in the life of the church, an author and professor works to answer the question: “How do we help those who no longer need a God encounter the living God in their lives?” “I’m not sure what I’m doing,” he said. I’d never met him before, but the air […]read moreabout The challenge of being a pastor in a secular age