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The Pros & Cons of Online Learning

An Interview with Sharon Conley Cottingham of the Upper Room From the Branches had the recent opportunity to talk with Sharon Conley Cottingham. Sharon has served with The Upper Room staff since 2005, working in a variety of capacities with Companions in Christ®, Weavings, Alive Now, and SOULfeast. Currently, she designs online courses for Upper Room…

Lingering Leaves 2.28.14

Welcome to this week’s edition of Lingering Leaves – our most memorable posts from around the web. This week: missiology and small-town ministry, Legos and Christian perfection, women in ministry, power against pornography, and trusting the poor. The Church Rev. Jeremiah Gibbs explores the changing tide within evangelicalism of supporting women in ministry, on his…

Sanctifying Art: Part II

This post is the second part of our talk with artist/scholar Deborah Sokolove about her calling, the arts, the church, and her new book, Sanctifying Art, with which we will be hosting an online course this spring. Deborah is the Director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion and Associate Professor of Art and Worship at…

Lingering Leaves 2.21.14

Welcome to this week’s edition of Lingering Leaves – our most memorable posts from around the web. This week: lowering expectations in marriage, non-traditional students in higher ed, Jewish school in Germany, Islam in America, and “making space.” The Church Tim Keller, psychologists, the New York Times, and marital expectations – a nice post from…

Lingering Leaves 2.14.14

Welcome to this week’s edition of Lingering Leaves – our most memorable posts from around the web. This week: a UM advocate for the homeless; accessibility and art; excerpts from the first MAKERS conference; Olympics; love, and sin. The Church The United Methodist Reporter tells us about Ingrid McIntyre, a homeless advocate recently featured on…

He Set His Face to Jerusalem

A Lenten Study by Bishop Dick Wilke For our first post in our “Interviews with Influencers” series, From the Branches had a chance to catch up with Bishop Dick Wilke regarding his new Lenten study, published through Abingdon Press, and featured this year as an online course for Be A Disciple. Bishop Richard B. Wilke…

Lingering Leaves 2.7.14

Welcome to this week’s edition of Lingering Leaves – our most memorable posts from around the web. This week: Facebook and the Church; Amazon and Christian Publishing; Pentecostal Scholarship; Christian ethics and spending; and an exploration of spiritual winters. The Church Jarrod Johnston comments on the importance of Facebook for the Church, on his blog,…

Confessions of an Active Child

guest post by Leah Hartman   Instead, I am content and at peace. As a child lies quietly in its mother’s arms, so my heart is quiet within me. Psalm 131:2 (GNT) Being an Active Child My daughter, Claire, is what they call an “active” baby. That’s the nice way of saying she doesn’t nap.…

Lingering Leaves 1.31.14

Welcome to this week’s edition of Lingering Leaves – our most memorable posts from around the web. This week: the Superbowl competition is more than just football, communing with the Church Fathers, Rolling Stone’s new cover star, seminary, and Sundance. The Church Congregations in Denver and Seattle develop a friendly food drive competition alongside the…