Repentance, not forgiveness: Lent, the Church, and #MeToo

By Kira Schlesinger
On Wednesday, instead of indulging in hearts, flowers, and chocolate, many Christians will go to church to have crosses of ash marked on their foreheads in observance of Ash… read more

Laughing at God

By Carl L. Schenck
Genesis 17:1-10, 15-19; Mark 8:31-38 Most families have a first ancestor, a patriarch or matriarch who founded the clan. It may be the ancestor that first came to these shores… read more

Praying for some snowboard diplomacy

By Richard Mouw / Religion News Service
(RNS) — The Washington Post reports that one of Vice President Mike Pence’s key goals in going to the Winter Olympics in Seoul is “to ensure that the Olympics… read more

Value one another

By Samantha Tidball
Value one another If you watched the Golden Globes last month, you may have noticed that actors and actresses wore all black attire, as well as black pins saying, “Times… read more

Weekly Preaching: Transfiguration Sunday, 2018

By James C. Howell
This Transfiguration Sunday, we are blessed with two texts narrating the days two people slipped the bonds of mere peoplehood. As I’m writing, I’m not sure if… read more

Do something

By Jake Owensby
Portions of my morning walk with Joy and our dog Gracie take us through the Kisatchie National Forest. In the winter months, we wear headlamps to light our way because we return… read more

Weekly Preaching: February 4, 2018

By James C. Howell
We have three great texts this week. Isaiah 40:21-31 is the luminous climax to one of the Bible’s greatest chapters, which begins with stunning words of comfort to … read more

Because you've been there

By Jake Owensby
A friend and I were catching up recently. We hadn’t seen each other for over a year. During that time, my life, though rich and full, had been continuing along its usual… read more

Jerusalem: Complicated realities

By Mike Poteet
U.S. decides — The world reacts On December 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel… read more

'Roe v. Wade' and the Church, 45 years later

By Kira Schlesinger
Last week marked the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision which established a constitutional right to abortion in the first three months of pregnancy. Given … read more

Sermon Options: February 25, 2018

By Ministry Matters
A Covenant of Faith Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 In Genesis 9, God made a covenant with Noah, his descendants, and “all flesh.” Its symbol—to remind us of divine… read more

Weekly Preaching: January 28, 2018

By James C. Howell
Our blog for this week will focus on the Gospel. Mind you, Deuteronomy 18:15-20 expresses a promise of a great prophet to come — not a prediction of Jesus, but most… read more
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