Nathan Kirkpatrick: When does breaking news compel a preacher to rewrite Sunday’s sermon?

The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick preaches at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville, North Carolina. FacebookTwitterEmailPrint   By Nathan Kirkpatrick Managing director, Leadership Education at Duke Divinity   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? … Continue reading “Nathan Kirkpatrick: When does breaking news compel a preacher to rewrite Sunday’s sermon?”

Global danger, spiritual danger

By MARK MACDONALD August 9, 2019 via Anglican Journal — Epiphanies digital magazine There is a growing consensus that we have 10 to 12 years left to act on climate change. After that, it seems almost certain that the planet will face catastrophic changes that will threaten global stability and life itself. These predictions are … Continue reading “Global danger, spiritual danger”

Quality time with the ‘Prodigal Son’

By WAYNE HOLST June 28, 2019 Rembrandt, The Return of the Prodigal Son. The State Hermitage Museum/Google Art Project When our spiritual travelers group recently visited the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, I had an experience that took me back more than 25 years. For the first time, I experienced directly Rembrandt’s famous painting … Continue reading “Quality time with the ‘Prodigal Son’”

A. Trevor Sutton: One-on-one accountability groups may be a solution to pastoral woes

iStock / Fizkes By A. Trevor Sutton Pastor and writer FacebookTwitterEmailPrint When a Michigan pastor realized that his accountability group was too big, he came up with a new solution — pairs. TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 Stay in ministry. Stay married. Stay alive. It doesn’t sound all that difficult. Yet for pastors who try to … Continue reading “A. Trevor Sutton: One-on-one accountability groups may be a solution to pastoral woes”

Understanding “An Apology for Spiritual Harm”

 July 12, 2019 One of the central insights of mission studies in the last several decades has been the idea of “translateability”: the good news of Jesus Christ can be translated into different cultures and contexts across the globe. It’s an idea associated with the late Lamin Sanneh, an historian of world Christianity and an … Continue reading “Understanding “An Apology for Spiritual Harm””