Order and Chaos

By Shane Raynor
I was talking to someone the other day about spiritual struggles. This person is an athlete, and he has always found physical discipline to be much easier than spiritual and… read more

Where Now Is Our Authority?

By Phyllis Tickle
Drawn from Tickle's essay appearing in the Participant's Guide to Embracing Emergence Christianity by Tim Scorer As we approach any discussion of the peri-Emergence, we note… read more

Opportunity to Transform

By Neal Bowes
On October 5, Steve Jobs died. The co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. had been struggling with the effects of pancreatic cancer for the past eight years. He was only 56 years old… read more

The Seductions of Leadership

By Robert A. Ratcliff
The church needs leaders. The church needs good leaders. The church needs leaders who will make other leaders. Smarter people than me have written a lot (a lot) about that… read more

Christmas Day is a Sunday!

By Jessica Miller Kelley
If you haven't made that connection yet, let me be the first to inform you: Christmas Day is on a Sunday! While we all probably wish that everyone so valued the true meaning of… read more

The Power of Gratitude

By Greg Paul
The figures at the far end of the city park I was about to enter, lurking just outside the bright cone of a streetlight, had the hulking, rounded look acquired by homeless people… read more

The Circle and the Line

By Adam Thomas
Mark 9:30-37 Every day of my fourth grade year, my class lined up at the end of recess to go back inside. The bell rang, and we raced to our spots in the queue. But the race was… read more

7 Traits of an Insecure Leader

By Ron Edmondson
Insecurity always shows up in a person's life. It can be disguised, but it can't be hidden. Insecure people, or people who aren't secure in who they are personally or comfortable… read more

The Children Appeal

By Storyteller's Companion to the Bible
Isaiah 64:1-9 The children of Israel appeal to God the Father to reappear as he did among their ancestors. The Story Why did you not tear asunder the heavens and come down,that… read more

Sermon: Waiting with God

By Melissa Scott
1 Corinthians 1:3-9 I have never been good at waiting, but I have gotten less patient as I have gotten older. Perhaps this is because I now have a greater sense of how quickly… read more

Double Life: Bi-Vocational Pastors

By Matt Appling
"A Double Life" A few years ago, I thought I knew where I would be today. I had answered the call to be a pastor, and had enrolled in seminary. I was headed down the road of full… read more

Sermon Options: November 27, 2011

By Ministry Matters
Come on Down! Isaiah 64:1-9 Like the announcer on the popular television game show "The Price Is Right," Isaiah prays, "Hey, God, come on down!" Is that what we really want, for… read more
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