When churches say no

By Robert Schnase
Why have people come to expect that the answer to anything new in the church is No? Perhaps it’s because the church sends a thousand subtle messages of being closed to new… read more

Wesley's lessons

By Roger Ross
“To reach people that no one is reaching you have to do things that no one is doing.” — Craig Groeschel Love makes you do crazy things. When my wife and I… read more

Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
Are churches failing the poor? Against the backdrop of persistent poverty and dramatically increasing income inequality, that question has gained renewed currency. New York Times… read more

Create new entry points

By F. Douglas Powe Jr., Jasmine Rose Smothers
Churches have long assumed that new people would engage their congregations by first attending worship. When they are not growing and attracting new people, the church blames the… read more

Franklin Graham’s Facebook prayers target Supreme Court justices on gay marriage

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) Evangelist Franklin Graham has taken to Facebook to plead for prayers on behalf of each U.S. Supreme Court justices as they prepare to rule on gay marriage. Recognizing… read more

Faithfully facing technology's perils and promise

By Mike Poteet
This summer’s most anticipated new blockbuster, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is a variation on the old story of Frankenstein. Tony Stark — the brilliant… read more

You can’t go home again

By Thomas Lane Butts
Mark 6:1-13 One cannot read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life without having a deep sense of longing and wonderment about what was going on with Jesus in those years… read more

Evangetality: Best practices for evangelism and hospitality

By Jim Ozier
At last year’s School of Congregational Development, Olu Brown, pastor of Impact Church in Atlanta, wowed the crowd with his portrayal of “scout evangelism,”… read more

Sermon Options: July 5, 2015

By Ministry Matters
World Changers 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 12b-19 The world watched with anticipation as the Berlin Wall was dismantled, signifying the unification of a German people divided by political… read more


By Lia McIntosh
We live in an Internet, Instagram, iPod, “selfie” culture that values individuality, exclusivity, and anonymity. Yet, one our deepest needs as humans is to belong. We… read more

How to recognize evil

By Drew McIntyre
We live in an age where the language of good vs. evil is not appreciated. Hyper-postmodernity would have us believe that every truth claim is merely an assertion of power, so no… read more

Ways to love

By Connie Cole Jeske
I sat around a table with my small group last night. As we ate dinner I asked, “What comes to your mind when you hear the word evangelism?” For the most part… read more
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