Presbyterians Today

Meeting Christ in an old family journal

Joanna Shelton spent many years believing there was no God. However, reading her great-grandfather’s journal of his time as a missionary in Japan changed that. She says that she is his latest convert.

When church hurts: Spiritual wounds and paths to healing

It took many years for the Rev. Kris Schondelmeyer to acknowledge and seek treatment for the sexual assault he suffered as a teenager at the hands of a trusted pastor. He did not imagine that it would also take many years for leaders in his denomination to accept responsibility for what happened to him and take decisive steps to protect children in the church.

How to make learning fun

Add new life to your religious education program this fall with these 10 church-tested ideas.

Building enduring peace in South Sudan

The PC(USA)’s Peace & Global Witness Offering helps war-torn South Sudanese meet urgent needs and engage in the vital ministry of peacemaking.

Helping communities help themselves

The Community Health Evangelism initiative helps African communities take ownership and control over the projects and programs that affect them — with impressive results.

Wisdom Journey: A Declaration of God-Dependence

The Declaration of Independence was an incredible document. For the first time in history, or at least for the first time in a history that lasted, it was declared that people have inalienable rights, endowed by God, that a government should protect and defend.

Faithful civil engagement

I remember how shocked I was the first time I heard the question. As I stood in the receiving line during my first year as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), one of the parishioners asked point-blank, “Pastor, do you love Jesus or the social gospel?”

Principles of investing

If you’re fortunate to have a 401(k) or IRA but know little about investments, chances are you spend a minimal amount of time reviewing your quarterly statement — a quick glance at the numbers to see if they’re up or down. But do you really know where your hard-earned dollars go?