Taking Out the Trash

By Tricia Brown
We missed trash pick-up the week before Christmas, and then it had to be put out on Christmas Day, and oops, we forgot again! Of course, the following week the trash service was… read more

Youth Ministry in 2014

By Ed Trimmer
I recently attended a youth training event and it reminded me of several things: Youth Workers, plural There remains a cadre of people, particularly women, who are concerned and… read more

Review: The Wesleyan Way of Salvation

By Eric Van Meter
When he first discovered the Wesleyan Way of Salvation, Scott Jones found a tradition that made sense of his faith and gave shape to his life. Thirty-five years later, his most… read more

Review: CEB Study Bible

By Ken Edwards
I have to admit when I learned that a new translation of the Bible was in the works, I looked up at the shelf of Bibles I've accumulated over more than 30 years of ministry and… read more

Why Working Harder Isn't Working

By Robert Schnase
With few exceptions, I've found serving on conference committees frustrating, tedious, and exasperating. Much conference work is unfocused, disconnected, unfruitful, perfunctory… read more

Rested: A Day in the Retiree's Life

By Ed Zinkiewicz
Before my wife retired, she'd come home with tales of visiting with returning retirees. "So and so came for lunch today. Boy, did she look rested," was how she often referred to… read more


By Michael W. Waters
Hospitality is always in season, and honey is a symbol of radical hospitality for me. The coming of spring brought with it the usual chorus of sneezes and coughs. The visual… read more

Isaiah 9:1-4

By Terrell M. McDaniel
Read Isaiah 9:1-4 Isaiah announces new possibilities for Israel as the formerly obscure possibilities emerge in the light of God. Isaiah notes a contrast between the former days… read more

7 Ways Christians Should Behave Online

By Ron Edmondson
I have had an online ministry for over 15 years. God has humbled me with the way He has chosen to use this influence He has given me. I try not to take it for granted. One thing… read more

A Conversation with Michael Waters

By Janice Neely, Michael W. Waters
Explain the word Freestyle and how it fits the content of your book. Michael: In hip-hop culture, freestyle occurs when a rapper or MC performs spontaneous, unrehearsed lyrics… read more

The Resounding Call to Dream

By Jerrod Hugenot
This weekend, many Americans gather to celebrate the civic holiday in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. Dr. King had many ties to the American Baptist Churches/USA… read more

Open Hands, Open Hearts

By Terri Elton
I was a guest preacher in a congregation I had never been to before. I entered as I do many congregation, a friendly stranger, but left with more than I had anticipated—with … read more
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