Sermon Starter: A Simple Two-Step

By Lori Broschat
Scriptures for August 7, 2011 Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-34 I have to confess, I will never be seen in a dance competition… read more

Extraordinary Ordinary Time

By Dow Chamberlain
When I first learned that the Sundays after Epiphany as well as what we called the seasons of Pentecost and Kingdomtide were to be rolled into "ordinary time," I was quite off… read more

Does God Really Need Another Pair of Black Mary Janes?

By Grace Biskie
I've been thinking a lot about money lately. Mostly, how I'm a dirty, rotten spender. I have tremendous guilt surrounding the mismanagement of funds that I blame solely on growing … read more

Teaching as We Celebrate the Christian Year

By Delia Halverson
Celebrating the various seasons brings new meaning to our worship and removes the distance between the past and the present. That alone would be reason enough for following the… read more

Unconventional Author Takes Bible Beyond Christian Club

By Shane Raynor
I've been a Stephen Miller fan since the late 90's. He writes Bible reference books that are unlike any you've ever seen, and his latest title, The Complete Visual Bible, is in my … read more

Praising America More than God

By Matthew L. Kelley
With the U.S. Independence Day holiday coming up, many churches will be holding patriotic worship services extolling the virtues of the nation. However, other congregations and… read more

Compassion and Justice

By Joseph Yoo
When we were in Washington, D.C. this week, we stopped by the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society building.Our "tour guide" was a friend of mine from seminary and … read more

John Q. Finds Welcome Trumps All

By John Q. Visitor
Just as secret shoppers help retailers know what real customers are experiencing in their stores, John (or Jane) Q. Visitor offers the real view from the pew in congregations… read more

Politicians and Private Morality

By Shane Raynor
I've been checking out a recent survey from Public Religion Research Institute that indicates a greater willingness by Americans to give political figures a pass for sexual… read more

Success Out of Failure

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

Keeping Missions Fun and Fruitful

By Eric Van Meter
"We don't do fun trips. Only missions." I kept waiting for the punch line to come from my youth pastor friend. During his time at that church, he had helped shift his youth… read more

Jesus Challenges the Political System

By Matthew L. Kelley
A Sermon on Mark 12:13-17, part of a Lenten series entitled "Why They Killed Jesus." "Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's. And give unto God what is God's." There is perhaps no… read more
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