Practice what you preach

By Neil Epler
Matthew 23:1-12 “Why don’t you practice what you preach?” Have you ever said those words? Maybe someone has said them to you. Hypocrites are people who pretend… read more

Sermon Starter: All Saints Day

By Matthew L. Kelley
Scriptures for All Saints Day: Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 M.C. Escher is one of my favorite artists. He’s the guy who did the pencil… read more

What a view!

By Neil Epler
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Wow! What a view! Have you ever said those words? I wonder if Moses said them when he climbed Mount Pisgah and looked out at the promised land. Most of us have … read more

Sermon Options: October 29, 2017

By Ministry Matters
The Call to Ministry: Pain or Promise? Deuteronomy 34:1-12 A common misunderstanding of baptism is that baptism is the end of a Christian's search for God. To walk the "sawdust… read more

Nashville church shooting: What happens when violence invades sacred spaces

By Holly Meyer / USA Today Network
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (USA Today Network) — The deadly shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ is just the latest instance of a place of worship being targeted by violence… read more

Ten years ago ...

By Jason Sansbury
In January of 2007, Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone to the world. Since that time, as Apple and other companies have worked diligently to make phones more and more… read more

Weekly Preaching: World Communion Sunday

By James C. Howell
October 1. World Communion Sunday. It's tempting to speak thematically, although for me, the discipline of accountability to a text presses me toward better preaching than vaguely … read more

Sermon Options: October 22, 2017

By Ministry Matters
The Requests He Makes Exodus 33:12-23 Exodus 32 -33 recalls the biblical story of Israel's disobedience and the role Moses plays as mediator and advocate. Last week's Exodus… read more

Will the world end on Saturday?

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) Short answer — no. But David Meade, a Christian and self-published author of end-of-the-world survival guides, predicts doomsday is near — very near, as in this… read more

Power, the Holy Spirit and full conviction

By Victor Shepherd
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 As the apostle Paul reflects on the congregations he has established, visited, or is about to see for the first time, he never hesitates to declare his… read more

Weekly Preaching: September 24, 2017

By James C. Howell
Typically I pick one text from the lectionary options, and then occasionally I will allude to another text for the day. But sometimes the pairing of two texts can stagger me… read more

Sermon Options: October 15, 2017

By Ministry Matters
Moses, the Advocate Exodus 32:1-14 In John's Gospel, Christians read about Jesus sending the Advocate when he departed from his disciples. In truth, though Jesus is understood by… read more
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