What Happened on Pentecost?

By Jacqui King
In many Christian churches, Pentecost Sunday is celebrated to recognize the gift of the Holy Spirit, realizing that God's very life, breath and energy lives in believers. During… read more

In the World... And of It?

By Mike Slaughter
Our worship design team was studying the parables in Matthew 13, where Jesus is illustrating "the Kingdom of God is like…" The gospel of Jesus is the gospel of the Kingdom… read more

Dealing with Obstacles

By Josh Tinley
Back in March, while many of America's sports fans were checking their brackets, the NCAA's best wrestlers converged on Philadelphia for college wrestling's national championship. … read more

Born this Way

By Katie Z. Dawson
A good friend shared with me a post by Brian Kirk called "Lady Gaga, Lent, Teens, and Original Sin." It is a good read, but there are a few tweaks that I might have made to his… read more

Pakistani Bible Ban?

By Shane Raynor
According to the Catholic News agency, a fringe Islamist political party in Pakistan has requested that the country's Supreme Court declare certain Bible passages "blasphemous"… read more

Me, Myself, and iPhone

By Jay Cooper
Can God compete with technology?I walked into a restaurant the other day and everyone had their heads bowed. For a moment I thought there had been some spiritual awakening in… read more

Our Identity in Christ

By Greg Surratt
This week in Ministry Matters' video series featuring pastors and ministry leaders across America is Greg Surratt, lead pastor of multisite pioneer Seacoast Church, with locations … read more

Rescuing Pentecost

By Eric Van Meter
Pentecost is in trouble. And that means trouble for the Church. It's not that Pentecost is in danger of commercialization, like Christmas or even Easter. The Spirit is too… read more

Called to Be Different

By William H. Willimon
When I was in seminary, I got the impression that my job as a pastor was to help lessen the gap between the Bible and the "modern world." Here was the Bible, mired in the first… read more

Why Can't You Just Have More Faith?

By Rachel Held Evans
It's a question often posed to me by well-meaning friends and acquaintances when they learn that occasionally I wake up in the morning unsure if there is a God: Why can't you just … read more

What Pastors Have Never Learned

By Matt Appling
I learned a lot in seminary. It's a good thing too, because it cost a lot of money. Chances are, your pastor paid a lot of money to go to seminary too. During that time, I learned … read more

The Power of Pentecost

By Paul Stroble
Celebrating Pentecost Sunday provides the occasion for Christians to recognize God's Holy Spirit at work in the life of the church and in the lives of individuals. What is this… read more
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