First Things First

By Guy Ames
Luke 10:38-42 Poor Martha; she seems to be lost in the New Testament story. Of all people, Jesus should have recognized and congratulated Martha for her servant heart. We can all… read more

A Savior Who Disturbs and Disrupts

By Chris Andrews
Mark 1:21-28 Jesus has a message. Jesus is an individual not with just words to fill an hour but with a message that can make the difference between life and death; a message that … read more

Review: The Beauty of the Word

By Eric Van Meter
Those of us who sense the obligation to preach do so in full knowledge of our inability to preach. This thought, borrowed from imminent theologian Karl Barth, is both the problem… read more

Dead Man Walking: A Sermon Series for the Burned-Out

By Martin Thielen
One of my favorite cartoons depicts a burned-out, middle-age businessman. It begins with him saying, "At age eighteen I was married. As my bride walked down the aisle, I remember… read more

Oral Tradition: How the Bible Came to Be

By Michael Williams
Several years ago, before a speaking engagement, I arrived early and was able to attend worship that Sunday. I entered the sanctuary and noticed the stained glass windows. Each… read more

Review: Back to Zero

By Eric Van Meter
People across the United Methodist Church are voicing both a desire to reclaim the best of our heritage and a deep dissatisfaction with the institutional church as it currently… read more

By the Spirit

By Jacqui King
By the Spirit—The Baptism of the Lord read more

The Library

By Adam Thomas
When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, "It is talking to me, and about me." (Søren Kierkegaard) The king went up to the house of the LORD, and … read more

Gone Fishing?

By Lance Moore
Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Mark 1:14-20 One of my favorite movies is a slapstick comedy titled Gone Fishin starring Danny Glover and Joe Pesci as two fools whose only passion in life is to… read more

Heavenly Praise and Worship

By Roberto L. Gómez
Revelation 5:11-14 One of the great joys of my life is that once in a while God gives me a glimpse of heaven. Each glimpse has been an experience of great joy and wonder. Some… read more

Divine Persona

By Dan Flanagan
Luke 11:1-4 Psychiatrist Gerald May begins his book Addiction and Grace with a bold statement: "I am convinced that all human beings have an inborn desire for God" (Addiction and… read more

January Blues

By Matt Appling
The holiday season is finally coming to a close. Christmas used to last just twelve days (according to the old church calendars). With stores trotting out the decorations before… read more
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