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Prayer and Preparedness During a Disaster Insights into Religion Lilly Foundation

Natural disasters, like the massive tornado that struck Oklahoma, can devastate entire communities and sometimes shake our faith, whether we are directly affected or not. Many ask why God would allow such tragedy, or wonder if the disaster is God’s punishment.

 

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The Challenges of Writing a Sermon — And Tips For Sermon Preparation Insights into Religion

The abundance of resources available on the Web requires a new level of discipline.  After nearly 30 years in the ministry, the Rev. G. Lee Ramsey Jr. knows writing sermons week after week isn’t easy. It’s not so much writers’ block, he says. The hard part is creating a focused sermon that gives the congregation something to chew on.

Understanding church context could be key to congregational change Unslash photo by Karl Frederickson

Studying a congregation's narrative, experts say, helps shape a church's future.

Meeting God in holy silence Insights into Religion Lilly Foundation Christianity

St. Paul says Christians are to “pray without ceasing.”  One Quaker practitioner says holy silence — a way of listening to God — is one way to do that.

Tradition puts spotlight on gift of music Insights into Religion Lilly Foundation

Appreciation for music’s vital role in ministry is the impetus behind Choir Anniversary, a tradition in many black churches. The African American Lectionary provides resources for congregations planning the celebration.

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All Lives Matter, Religion and the Police

  A Christianity Today article explore how religion influences views of the police and how they are doing their...

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A Washington Post article reports, "The justices agreed with a lower court that Barronnelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s...

Compensation Survey Will Help Churches Set Fair Pay

  The $750,000 grant awarded to Church Law & Tax (CLT) by Lilly Endowment Inc. focuses on the National...

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