Emanuel AME Church: The latest victim of violence against black churches

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) For many, the massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., is simply another mass shooting. But for African-Americans, church violence has historic dimensions. The attack … read more

Slain S.C. pastor Clementa Pinckney was ‘a giant, a legend’

By Matthew Diebel / USA Today
(RNS) "He was a giant, a legend, a moral compass." Those are the words used by fellow state senator Marlon Kimpson on CNN Thursday morning to describe the Rev. Clementa Pinckney… read more

Sermon Options: July 26, 2015

By Ministry Matters
Don’t Play with Fire 2 Samuel 11:1-15 For most of her life, a seventy-year-old cleaning woman had worked for the company. Fellow employees decided to honor her and planned a … read more

Strolling into temptation

By Lance Moore
2 Samuel 11:1-15 The biblical writers were suspect with regard to public relations. They revealed most dirty secrets, foibles, and skeletons concerning major Bible characters. We… read more

Heaven in 5 easy clicks

By Laurie Haller
God so loved the world. Click. That He gave His only Son. Click. That whoever believes in him. Click. Shall not perish. Click. But have everlasting life. Click. What do I have to… read more

A good father

By Matt Rawle
What does it mean to be a good father? What does it mean to be a bad father? Let me first offer some assumptions about fatherhood so that I neither lead you astray nor steal away… read more

Who would Jesus publicly shame?

By Kira Schlesinger
A few weeks ago, a member of a large, triathlon-centered Facebook group of which I am a part posted a screenshot of a stranger’s Facebook post. She had taken a picture of a… read more

Dreaming of a day when fear is defeated

By Tom Fuerst
Before March 18, 2008, I didn’t fear death. I never thought about death. Death was distant, an abstraction, something that plagued other people. But it didn’t bother… read more

Children need heterosexual parents, says pope after gay pride march

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Sunday (June 14) stressed the importance of children having heterosexual parents, just a day after Rome’s gay pride march demonstrated the … read more

Ah, Wilderness!

By Paul L. Escamilla
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The twelve disciples had been hard at work. It was the first recorded instance of their being without the physical presence of Jesus as they did ministry in… read more

Sermon Options: July 19, 2015

By Ministry Matters
Steps to Greatness 2 Samuel 7:1-14a The best-selling book genre today is how-to books. These books are written to describe how you can successfully accomplish something: how to… read more

Why do we want to be stronger?

By Clifton Stringer
What do we mean when we say we want to be stronger? Theologian Adam Neder has thought about this, and has something profound to offer. "For most of us life is hard and we wish it… read more
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