Momentum busters

By Mike Slaughter
Often by the third week in January it is easy to lose momentum toward the new commitments we have made for 2016. We kicked off January at Ginghamsburg Church with a new message… read more

London bishop urges vicars to grow beards as way of reaching Muslims

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A senior bishop in the Church of England has blessed the idea that its vicars, or parish priests, should grow beards as a way of reaching out to this… read more

Helicopter parenting

By Jill M. Johnson
Affluenza teen and his mom If you pay attention to the news or social media, then you’ve probably heard of the “affluenza” teen who gained the spotlight again… read more

Why the Anglican-Episcopal clash may spell a theological revision

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) What’s next for the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion? The widening chasm was on full display recently as a meeting of Anglican primates voted to suspend the … read more

Edits that make sermons stronger

By Dave Barnhart
“Murder your darlings.” Creative gurus chant it like a mantra. Who said it first is not as important as this fact: Artists from film directors to novelists to poets… read more

Sermon Options: March 6, 2016

By Ministry Matters
SUSPENDED JOY JOSHUA 5:9-12 Have your ever lost something? The wilderness had taken its toll on the people of God. For forty years Israel has been a transient nation, wandering… read more

Ministries and Messages

By Thomas R. Steagald
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 “Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and who seek to live in peace with one another.” Every … read more

Sermon Options: February 28, 2016

By Ministry Matters
A SATISFIED CRAVING ISAIAH 55:1-9 Every day, out-of-town visitors and tourists come into our office seeking information about our historic community, our church, our favorite… read more

You want answers? He's got questions

By Thomas R. Steagald
Luke 13:1-9 Obadiah wrote, “You should not have gloated over your brother on the day of his misfortune; you should not have rejoiced over the people of Judah on the day of… read more

Sermon Options: February 21, 2016

By Ministry Matters
THE RIGHT WORD  GENESIS 15:1-12, 17-18 I purchased another book, Thesaurus of Alternatives to Worn-Out Words and Phrases, to help me find the right word for every occasion… read more

The sin of the clergy pay gap

By Kira Schlesinger
Last week, my fellow clergy sisters and I were hit with a gut punch when the new information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was released. For the first time, clergy income… read more

Against the Data

By Thomas R. Steagald
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 In Genesis 1 and 2 there are two “creation” accounts. The first is the majestic poem whose meter and verse we have known since childhood:… read more
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