A Seasonal Journey

By John D.I. Essick
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12 Perhaps no prophet is more representative of the Lenten season than Jeremiah, and no psalm more appropriate for repentance than Psalm 51… read more

Read the Signs

By Victoria Atkinson White
Numbers 21:4-9 On a recent road trip, my three-year-old niece Maya was driving her parents crazy. She needed juice, followed by a cookie, and then she needed to go to the… read more

Why Lent?

By Clifton Stringer
Last year on Ash Wednesday, a kind woman from the congregation I serve asked me, "Why Lent? Why should Christians observe a season called Lent?" She was a longtime Christian, but… read more

Laughing at God

By Carl L. Schenck
Genesis 17:1-10, 15-19; Mark 8:31-38 Most families have a first ancestor, a patriarch or matriarch who founded the clan. It may be the ancestor that first came to these shores… read more

Structure Can Impede Progress

By Ron Edmondson
Recently I received a question about a blog post I wrote entitled "7 Enemies of Organizational Health". One of those "enemies" I listed as "structure". The person's question was… read more

Fools for Christ

By Lance Moore
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 The news is constantly filled with scandals. The scandals in the tabloids as I write will be replaced by a whole new set by the time you read this—news … read more

Can You Preach on Something You Haven't Mastered?

By Ron Edmondson
I often get emails from pastors wondering, Can I, as a pastor, preach about a subject that I know I'm struggling with or an area I know that I'm weak in? You may have asked this… read more

Associate Pastor: An Awkward Ministry

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
It was a typical Sunday morning ritual as the congregation gathered in the narthex following worship to drink coffee, eat cookies, and chat. My colleague, who is an associate… read more

The Internet and Faith

By Alex Joyner
Have We Lost Our Minds? Was it really less than two years ago that Nicholas Carr was worrying about losing his brain to the Internet? Carr is a thoughtful observer of the world of … read more

Weekly Bible Study

By Jacqui King
As the journey of faith-building grows, studying God's Word is crucial. Study @ is a creative way of studying scripture in a relevant manner that offers options for all to grow… read more

Lousy Sermons

By Allan R. Bevere
I will confess fully—I have indeed preached lousy sermons. It's not that I have failed to prepare, nor that I have not offered my work to the Lord in prayer. But sometimes… read more

Be Silent, and Come out of Him

By Adam Thomas
I don't know about you, but if I were the unclean spirit in the first chapter of Mark, I probably would have kept a lower profile. I would have lain low, kept my mouth shut… read more
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