Pope Francis’ chief alms-giver has announced new plans to install free showers in the public restrooms in Vatican City as a service to the homeless. Monsignor Konrad Krajewski explained that the new facilities in St. Peter’s Square were inspired by an encounter with a homeless man. The homeless gentleman declined Krajewski’s invitation to a fancy dinner on his 50th birthday because he said that he smelled bad, and there was no place for homeless individuals like him to wash. According to some reports, the facility will also provide members of the homeless community with fresh towels and clean undergarments ... Discuss

Lessons From Church Hopping

What I learned from (unintentionally) changing churches often. Read More

A 31-year-old pastor in Florida has set a new Guinness World Record for the Longest Speech Marathon ever made by preaching a single sermon for 53 hours and 18 minutes. The epic message—which started in Genesis and ended in Revelation—was heard by hundreds of people, who showed up in groups of 10 throughout the two-and-a-half day sermon. Cross Mount Dora pastor Zach Zehnder told Fox News,

I went back to my basics and when I normally write a sermon I come up with a goal. So the goal I came up with was to announce God’s ridiculous commitment to his people, even when we give up, he doesn’t give up on us.”

The feat was also tied to a fundraiser that brought in more than $100,000 for the nonprofit Powerhouse Recovery which helps individuals fighting addiction ... Discuss

15 of Soren Kierkegaard’s Most Challenging Quotes

On the anniversary of his death, a few thoughts from a philosophical giant. Read More

The Unexpected Things Millennials Want in Church

A new study has a few surprises for those who think they've got Millennials and Church figured out. Read More

According to a new Lifeway study, a lot of churches have some spending habits in need of curbing. Of the one thousand churches surveyed, two-thirds reported that they're meeting or exceeding their annual budget, and of that number, 22 percent say they're over budget. Only 29 percent of churches say they're under budget for their fiscal year. In the study's release, Lifeway Research Director Scott McConnell said, "The most recent of recession revealed poor habits among Americans in term of spending and lending. Surely churches have had to learn some of these same lessons."

Some of the budget woes are undoubtedly owing to the recession. Lifeway's previous studies indicated that church offerings declined sharply in 2008. However, in recent years, church giving has rebounded along with the economy—Lifeway says 74 percent of churches report that offerings are at or above 2013's totals ... Discuss