You won't believe what gets left out of every good sermon

By Tom Fuerst
If Malcom Gladwell is right and it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert, then I’ve got a seriously long road of sermonizing ahead of me. I like to write and reflect on the … read more

Humanity's top 5 searches

By Courtney T Ball
My oldest brother has some experience in marketing, so I regularly ask him for tips on how to grow my audience as a writer. One exercise he suggested a while back was to look at… read more

Bishop Job, who helped people deal with death, dead at 86

By Kathy L. Gilbert / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) “I have no anxiety about my own death. … I don’t know what that’s going to be like, but I have some idea that it will be good because this life is… read more

Sermon Options: February 8, 2015

By Ministry Matters, Sermon Options
The High King of Heaven Isaiah 40:21-31 Chapter 40 was written concerning the close of Israel’s exile in Babylon. It is filled with hope as the prophet is instructed to… read more

The many sins of Newsweek’s exposé on the Bible

By Justin Taylor
(RNS) It is a tradition in American journalism as predictable as Easter and Christmas itself: a cover story purporting to reveal the true story behind the Bible we thought we… read more

Race and excessive police force

By Alex Joyner
Two weekends in December Just when it seemed it couldn’t get any more difficult to talk about, it did. For weeks in the fall of 2014, after the shootings of unarmed… read more

Faith and values in 2014: 10 telling numbers

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Scores of studies and surveys in 2014 revealed myriad, quirky ways we live out our faith and values. But the most intriguing findings were not always the headliners. Here… read more

Gone Fishing?

By Lance Moore
Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Mark 1:14-20 One of my favorite movies is a slapstick comedy titled “Gone Fishin'” starring Danny Glover and Joe Pesci as two fools whose only passion … read more

Affirmation and Assurance

By Thomas Lane Butts
Mark 1:4-11 Did Jesus come into the world with full knowledge of his identity and destiny from the very beginning? The idealized image of Jesus with which I grew up saved him from … read more

9 personal discoveries I made in 2014

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) It was a year of tragedy, terror, political dysfunction and an economic recovery mainly benefiting the precious few. Even so, I can name these nine personal discoveries in… read more


By Brett Younger
Mark 1:4-11 The most skeptical New Testament scholars, the ones who question the historicity of almost everything, agree on this story. The baptism of Jesus happened as certainly… read more

The Courage to listen

By Brett Younger
1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) The year after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, I was a third grader in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I lived in a segregated world—separate and… read more
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