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: 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

Some thoughts on writing for the ear and not the eye

By Talbot Davis
In my just over 36 years of attending church and listening to preachers, I’ve sat through a number of sermons which sounded more like long essays than impassioned… read more

Francis may become first pope to visit Rome mosque

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is studying an invitation to visit the Grand Mosque of Rome — extended to him several days after his first visit to the city’s Great… read more

Christianity and the problem of common sense

By Zack Hunt
I will never forget that day as long as I live. There I was, innocently standing in line at the grocery store, bill paid and preparing to make my exit when I looked down and… read more

Two Lutheran seminaries to close and reopen as new school

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald / Religion News Service
(RNS) Two Lutheran seminaries in Pennsylvania are planning to close and launch together a new school of theology in 2017 with hopes of slashing costs and reversing years of… read more

The prophetic vocation: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on justice and peace

By Stephen J. Sidorak Jr.
I hope to accomplish three things in this essay.  First, I intend to put the renowned Riverside Church sermon, “A Time to Break Silence,” or, as it is… 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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