Moving into 2016: God is with us

By Rose Taylor
A year consists of 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, and more than 31,000,000 seconds. World, national, state and local events currently are being… read more

The Christmas Trinity

By Matt Rawle
The Nativity story is a play in three acts revealing to us God’s essence. In the first act Luke sets the story squarely in a real place and time. “In those days a… read more

If the goals you set for the new year fail, this could be why

By Len Wilson
I am excited about setting some creative goals for the new year. In previous years, a lot of my big plans carried over, but this year, I feel a sense of division and newness and… read more

Sermon Options: February 14, 2016

By Ministry Matters
WORSHIP HABITS DEUTERONOMY 26:1-11 At a recent leadership conference I participated in breakout sessions where I was introduced to a variety of worship experiences. The… read more

Worshipping through our stories

By Wendy Joyner
Deuteronomy 26:1-11 As part of my ministry, I have been serving as a hospice chaplain for a number of years now. When I stop to reflect on the things I have learned in walking… read more

Anchored and free

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
In his spiritual autobiography, A Song of Ascents, written in 1968 at the age of 83, E. Stanley Jones reflects on an insight that came to him earlier in life: "I was free; free to … read more

The radicalization of Mary

By Kira Schlesinger
In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, “radicalization” became the latest media buzzword. The talking heads on cable news speculated about when and how… read more

Sermon Options: February 7, 2016

By Ministry Matters
IN GOD'S PRESENCE EXODUS 34:29-35 Moses had led the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt into the desert at Mount Sinai. There he went up the mountain into the Presence of… read more

African Catholics embrace Jubilee Year as time for Muslim understanding

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) As African Catholics usher in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, many bishops and priests here are hoping to use the opportunity posed by Pope Francis to make inroads … read more

Whoever goes up

By David N. Mosser
Luke 9:28-43a A number of years ago, Dallas Cowboy personalities Deion Sanders and Jerry Jones made a pizza commercial. In the commercial Jerry asked Deion: “Deion, is it… read more

What are blessings?

By Jill M. Johnson
A tradition of blessings Working at a church has its communication requirements just like any other job, and we send a lot of emails and letters. The stewardship of words is very… read more

Jimmy Carter tells Sunday School class his grandson has died

By USA Today Network
PLAINS, Ga. — Former president Jimmy Carter was late to his Bible study class Sunday morning, something he said never happens as he walked up to the front of the sanctuary… read more
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