Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Thoughts, prayers and condolences are not enough


Church members at The Grove Presbyterian Church are randomly paired and commit to monthly meetings as a way to deepen connections between them.


A pastor whose mother and cousins were killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston speaks out for Everytown for Gun Safety, saying God gives us not only prayer but motivation and willingness to take action.

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The author, who was present at a 2002 mass shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, says faith leaders must not only console their communities after gun violence but also hold them responsible for making a change in our society.

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What's the solution to the firearms dilemma for a pastor in gun-loving Texas? Visiting and listening. That allows a pastor to see how isolated and fearful people are, and it offers a chance to connect them to community.

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In an era when ministry is rapidly changing, theological schools must be more sensitive to the needs of both students and the church, even if it means questioning long-held approaches, says the pastor and theological educator.

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Today's Christians face a troubled world, writes a Baptist pastor and activist. Will they have the spiritual audacity to change it?

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