When there is no future

By Mark Lockard
My inability to change frustrates me. Recently, I’ve tried to avoid looking at Twitter or news feeds immediately upon waking. I used to tell myself that there was some good… read more

Why the new 'Star Wars' movie could use some moral clarity

By Charles C. Camosy / Religion News Service
(RNS) The headline in Time Magazine referred to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as “efficient and gray.” The Huffington Post kicked it up a notch claiming… read more

Christmas: Herod in trouble

By William H. Willimon
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the newborn king of… read more

The good news of Christmas

By Alex Joyner
Beyond the coconut bon-bon I’ll admit it. When I saw the coconut bon-bon in the cellophane bag, I felt a flutter in my heart. My wife and I had just enjoyed a Christmas… read more

Trump’s secretary of state pick may anger social conservatives

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, has come under fire for his friendship with Russian president Vladimir Putin — who is… read more

The curious trouble with liking everyone

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
As Christians, we’re called to love everyone. It’s certainly not easy — as family dynamics, church politics and presidential elections make clear — but… read more

Christmas is not your birthday

By Mike Slaughter
I received an email this week from someone I have never met, Chris Thompson, who identified himself as a blogger and columnist with the Alaska Dispatch News. Chris wrote: Dear… read more

3 life-changing lessons from Donald Trump’s favorite minister

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
Earlier this year a friend of mine delivered a sermon at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Facebook comments soon informed him that the church had once been headed by… read more

Sermon Options: January 15, 2017

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

Come and see

By Brett Younger
John 1:29-42 How would your life be different if you were not a Christian? For some of us who have lived surrounded by Christian people, it’s hard to imagine, but what if… 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… read more

Sermon Options: January 8, 2017

By Ministry Matters
BRINGING JUSTICE, AND GENTLY Isaiah 42-9 If you ask a child, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" it's unlikely you'll receive the answer, "I want to be a servant."… read more
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