Dear Pastors: Guard Your Online Pulpit

By Chad Holtz
My news feed has blown up over the last two days over two stories about the same thing: human sexuality. Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson was suspended from his reality TV show… read more

Psalm 130

By Simon Peter Iredale
This dramatic psalm has been a favorite even among those with no professed belief in God. It has been set to music many times and lurks thematically behind many pieces of art. I… read more

Duck Dynasty, Defrockings, and Free Speech

By Shane Raynor
There are two big stories blowing up on social media right now, both related to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The most widely discussed one involves the star of the popular … read more

Material Possessions and Christians

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
Prized Possessions or Junk? Mary and Stephen Smith had lived in a farmhouse they inherited from Mary's mother, Sophie Turner. With the house had come all of Sophie's… read more

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
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