The Giving Church

They asked Jon Weece to turn their failing church around. They got a revolution. Read More

Do Church 'Publicity Stunts' Send the Wrong Message?

Rifle raffles. Pastor boxing matches. How far is too far when it comes to church marketing? Read More

5 Lies Christians Are Told

A few of the lies Christians often believe that are hurting the Church. Read More

They say no good deed goes unpunished. For the last 25 years, Anthony Cymerys—better known as Joe the Barber—has been giving homeless people in Hartford, Conn., free haircuts. Well, almost free. Cymerys does ask for one thing in exchange for his barber services: a hug. But now, after Cymerys has spent nearly every Wednesday for the last two and a half decades in Bushnell Park providing the haircuts, city officials are pulling the plug. According to this story, local residents have complained of sanitation issues with the operation and complain that Joe the Barber is not actually a licensed barber. Health department officials say they are working to find a solution to allow Cymerys to continue his services to the homeless in a more controlled environment. Ironically, just a year ago, Hartford honored Cymerys for his volunteer barber services … Discuss

The newly named pontiff is living up to his nickname, "the unpredictable Pope." Pope Francis surprised Vatican officials when he announced that he would not be holding next week's Holy Thursday service from its normal location of St. Peter's Basilica, and will instead lead the ceremony from a prison for young offenders. There, he will wash the feet of 12 inmates as part of a commemoration of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. Though the pope's decision to hold such an important ceremony from a prison chapel was unexpected by the Vatican, it is in keeping with Pope Francis’ roots in Argentina, where he would regularly wash the feet of AIDS victims and street prostitutes … Discuss

As temperatures on the East Coast continue to drop, a joint group of charity organizations in New York City is doing something to help the city’s homeless. The “Don’t Walk By” campaign, which is entering its fifth year, organizes volunteers to seek out New York City’s homeless population. The volunteers offer them blankets, clothes and food and invites them to residential recovery programs and shelters through local churches. The group’s organizers say their mission was inspired by Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. The campaign runs through the month of February … Discuss