5 Places to 'Find' a Sermon

By John S. McClure
What will I preach on? Whether you're asking this question a week, a month, or a year in advance of the Sunday in question, you're looking for inspiration. Some ideas may… read more

Lessons from Alcoholics Anonymous

By Christian Piatt
I've heard several people involved in Twelve Step work say that the Twelve Steps are AA's gift to the Church, and that the Twelve Traditions are the Church's gift back to AA. To… read more

A Church that Agrees Too Much

By Katie Z. Dawson
After a few years in my congregation, I realized I had a major, however, hidden problem... My church didn't know how to disagree. This may not seem like a problem on the surface… read more

Praying Through the Problems

By Leith Anderson
Released from prison and walking back through the streets of Jerusalem, John and Peter realized they were in trouble. Although they were free for the moment, the stern warning… read more

Deliverance at the Sea

By Pastor's Bible Study®
Exodus 14-15 The climactic event within the first half of the book of Exodus, and a key moment in the narrated history of the Hebrew Bible, is the LORD's deliverance of the… read more

Culture Isn't Killing the Church. Grief Is.

By Keith Anderson
I recently attended a retreat with a number of church friends. We spent part of our time together looking at sociological data on religion in America over the last 60 years. We… read more

Social and Spiritual Capital

By Jim Burklo
One major value of religion is its tendency to build social capital for people, creating networks of relationships that sustain them in both practical and spiritual ways… read more

Dealing with Anonymous Critics

By Ron Edmondson
I received some anonymous criticism last week. I'm one of those rare leaders who doesn't automatically dismiss criticism from someone who doesn't sign their name. Mostly because I … read more

Frank Discussions

By Buzz Stevens
"Words not only affect us temporarily; they change us, they socialize or unsocialize us." - David Reisman, The Lonely Crowd, 1950 My wife and I were invited to join two fun-loving … read more

Unexpected Expenses: A Chat with God

By J. Clif Christopher
Over the last couple of weeks I have been inundated with phone calls from clergy and laity alike who are fearful about the days ahead. They watched Congress act like a bunch of… read more

Why Theology Isn't a Dirty Word

By Robert A. Ratcliff
Lots of reasons present themselves for why you should ignore theology. It's boring, it's irrelevant, it stirs up needless controversy, it raises questions it never answers; the… read more

Arguing from Silence

By Allan R. Bevere
The other evening we were approaching a restaurant where we were going to eat our evening meal. On the door was a sign that has become fairly familiar, particularly in coastal… read more
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