My Degree Is Longer Than Your Degree!

By Jarrod Johnston
Saturday, Leanne and I were at the Sunday School party for one of our young adult classes and struck up a conversation with another guy working on his second master's… read more

Sermon Options: January 19, 2014

By Ministry Matters
THE CALL OF THE SERVANT Isaiah 49:1-7 In studying the four servant songs in Isaiah, we need to raise the question of the servant's identity. Is Isaiah referring to the nation… read more

The First Step

By Brett Younger
Matthew 3:13-17 We don't think about it much, but for most of us, one thing that brings us to church on Sunday is the fact that we were baptized. Some of us were baptized without… read more

If Jesus Isn't White, What Does He Look Like?

By Matt O'Reilly
You've probably heard by now that Fox News host Megyn Kelly has gotten herself into a bit of a racial controversy for claiming that Santa Claus and Jesus were both white. The… read more

Lead Like a Hobbit

By Ben Kendrick
Over seventy-five years after the initial publication of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson is back with the second of three films following young Bilbo Baggins … read more

Why No Calvinist Should Ever Be a Cubs Fan

By Tom Fuerst
Calvinists believe that the future is as fixed as the past, even though it has not happened yet. For them, God has already determined everything that will happen, how it will… read more

Mary, Mercy, and the Magnificat

By Shane Raynor
If you've never read the Magnificat closely, you should. (It's the text of Luke 1:46-55, where Mary prophesies during her visit to her relative Elizabeth.) I've read it several… read more

Catching the Fire of Hope

By Josh Tinley
Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games franchise, opened last month to critical acclaim and impressive box-office returns. The movie continues the story of Katniss… read more

Paragraph 312 Orientation to Ministry

By Ed Trimmer
"This common ministry preparation experience is for the purpose of building collegiality and understanding among the varieties of set-apart ministry (deacon, elders, and local… read more

With a Song in Your Heart

By Ministry Matters
Ephesians 1:3-14 What kind of a song does your heart sing as you go through your days? Almost everyone sings some song. Of course, we may sing different songs from time to time… read more

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

By Ronald J. Allen
The word Advent transliterates the Latin adventus, which means "coming." The season of Advent makes a double-edged theological point. Advent ties together the first and second… read more

Review: The New Testament: Methods and Meanings

By Bromleigh McCleneghan
The New Testament: Methods and Meanings, Warren Carter and Amy-Jill Levine. Abingdon, 2013 I am bored with my preaching, a colleague said to me recently. And if I'm bored, I can… read more
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