The heart of it all

By Ross West
1 John 4:7-21 “Cut to the chase.” A quick search on the Internet reveals that this saying goes back a long way, back to moviemaking in the 1920s. The saying refers to… read more

Sermon Options: May 3, 2015

By Ministry Matters
Becoming One Acts 8:26-40 The story of Philip and the Ethiopian is full of surprises. We are dazzled by the speed and action of the account. The story functions mainly as a… read more

Sermon Options: April 26, 2015

By Ministry Matters
No Other Name Acts 4:5-12 Peter and John are in a predicament familiar to persons in public life—teachers, preachers, government officials. These persons often have to… read more

Rachel Held Evans on the ills of American Christianity, and leaving evangelicalism

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the author of “Evolving in Monkey Town” and later with the New York Times… read more

The Christian radio echo chamber: We are under siege by our enemies

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) On my recent 4,100-mile pilgrimage across the U.S., I occasionally used my radio’s “seek” function to find stations. I often stopped on a “Christian… read more

Sheep need a shepherd

By Tracey Allred
John 10:11-18; Psalm 23 I have often heard that sheep are among the simplest of livestock. That is to say, sheep are quite vulnerable without a shepherd. They are vulnerable to… read more

Sermon at Selma

By Mark Lockard
This article is part of Ministry Matters' ongoing collection of responses to President Obama's Selma speech. Follow the project as it grows and join the discussion at… read more

‘Selma sowed, but it did not reap’; anniversary puts spotlight on deep poverty

By Aamer Madhani / USA Today
SELMA, Ala. (RNS) With the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday this weekend, America was reminded how this small city helped bring sweeping change to the nation. But while Selma… read more

I had to see It to believe it

By Tracy Hartman
Luke 24:36b-48 Could it really be true, we wondered? All day we had been hearing reports that Jesus was alive—but we were afraid to let ourselves believe it. After all, we… read more

Candler students join call to stop Georgia execution

By Kathy L. Gilbert / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) Students, former graduates and faculty at United Methodist Candler School of Theology are rallying to support “one of their own” who sits on death row in… read more

The good and not so simple shepherd

By Matt Rawle
Light is intangible. The moment you try to hold it in your hands a shadow forms. In John’s Gospel Jesus says, “I am the light of the world,” so that we might let … read more

Review: 'Me and We: God's New Social Gospel'

By Dottie Escobedo-Frank
Leonard Sweet tackles a topic dear to the hearts of many church leaders when he addresses the foils and follies, as well as the gifts and graces, of the “social… read more
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