War on Christmas

By Matt Appling
The Christmas season is officially upon us. The holiday decorations are up in malls and homes. Shoppers are out in full force (as a stack of news links again detailed the worst… read more

What Is Advent?

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

7 Ways to Spend Christmas

By Jay Cooper
I stood in the aisle at Toys 'R' Us and I cried my little eyes out. My mom had told me that I could pick out one toy, and I simply could not decide which one to choose. To be… read more

Sermon Options: December 25, 2011

By Ministry Matters
The Beautiful Feet John 1:1-14 You'll have to pardon my indulgence today, because I'm not going to talk about an angelic proclamation of the birth of our Lord, and we won't delve… read more

Sermon: Life Interrupted...Or?

By Tracy Hartman
When were you last interrupted? Perhaps your sleep was interrupted this morning when ecstatic children bounced on your bed exclaiming, "It's Christmas, get up, get up!" Sleep… read more

How Does Emmanuel Come To Us?

By Allan R. Bevere
O come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel; that mourns in lonely exile here... When Mary wished for the coming of Emmanuel, it was very clear what she expected. She… read more

Make Your Face Shine

By Adam Thomas
Imagine with me the Apostle Peter, who is imprisoned in Rome near the end of his life, talking to his cellmate about the day when Jesus spoke about his coming again. We were used… read more

Multitasking in Ministry: Don't Do It

By Shane Raynor
I’m a firm believer that most people who volunteer in churches should serve in only one ministry area. And if possible, paid ministry staff should try to do the same thing… read more

How Christmas Can Help Your Church Grow

By Shane Raynor, Betsy Hall
Churches sometimes underestimate the importance of the Advent and Christmas seasons when planning their growth stategies for the year. Because December is such a busy month, it… read more

To Catch a Glimpse

By David Dorn
Can anyone really know who or what God is? I don't believe this side of eternity can we even scratch the depth of who God is. With that said, it is what we believe about God that… read more

Preparing Messages

By Katie Z. Dawson
Katie Dawson talks about how she puts together her weekly message—and how the pieces of the puzzle come together. WATCH MORE FROM KATIE: Young Pastor in a Small Town Who is… read more

God Didn't Say That

By Robert A. Ratcliff
"I don't think it's a good thing to kill children and babies, but God said to do it, so he must have had a good reason." Try to imagine a situation in which you would agree with… read more
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