Jerrod Hugenot is associate regional minister with the American Baptist Churches of New York State.
Forgiveness, reconciliation and accountability are difficult processes to work through. They’re also essential.
How do we make it through all of the good and the not-so-good of the so-called “Christmas season?”
Quick-fix thinking can hinder congregations during times of anxiety.
News of the death of mainline churches may be exaggerated, as a number of established congregations are being revitalized by focusing on one ministry at a time.
This past Sunday, my church and many others heard Jesus’ parable about the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) read as the morning gospel reading. Type “Samaritan” into Google, and you will be referred first to a biblical-reference website, followed by several dozen links related to a variety of humanitarian agencies, hospitals and other charitable organizations. Lots of nonprofit, civic and religious groups want to be closely associated with the “goodness” of this parable about a Samaritan who finds a man left for dead in a ditch along the way to Jericho.