Healing justice

By Jake Owensby
When I say “Jonah,” I bet most people think about the story of a reluctant prophet. Balking at God’s call to go to Nineveh, Jonah took a boat as far as you can… read more

A savior who disturbs and disrupts

By Chris Andrews
Mark 1:21-28 Jesus has a message. Jesus is an individual not with just words to fill an hour but with a message that can make the difference between life and death; a message that … read more

Sermon Options: February 18, 2018

By Ministry Matters
Our Covenant God Genesis 9:8-17 The idea of our covenant relationship with God is a major motif in the Scriptures. • God made a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 17 . •… read more

Weekly Preaching: January 21, 2018

By James C. Howell
I’m going with Mark this week. Jonah 3:1-5, 10 is the most artificial, least believable portion of the story. The early part is riveting, and chapter 4 (on Jonah’s… read more

You were made for a miracle

By Mike Slaughter
Each of us who are Jesus followers brings a unique set of spiritual gifts, talents and resources to function together as Christ’s body and carry out Jesus’ mission in… read more

Come and see for yourself

By Jake Owensby
Star Wars fans have been mixed in their reception of “The Last Jedi.” My daughter Meredith and I saw it together. We both loved it, each for our own reasons. Among… read more

Sermon Options: February 11, 2018

By Ministry Matters
A Double Share Of The Spirit 2 Kings 2:1-12 Each one of us gathered here today comes bearing the echoes of great people in our lives. Each one of us bears the mark of someone who… read more

Denial to confidence

By Raquel Mull
2 Kings 2:1-12 My daughter called, with hesitation and a hint of fear in her voice. With one infant not yet walking, she confided: “I think I’m pregnant. We… read more

Stand-up preaching

By Kira Schlesinger
On occasion, a person who has just heard me preach will say something along the lines of, “I just don’t know how you do it, speaking in front of people every… read more

What happens at a 'Sermons that pop & series that stick' workshop?

By Talbot Davis
I spent Tuesday at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church in Wilmington, NC, leading a workshop I have designed called "Sermons That Pop & Series That Stick." About 60… read more

Dare to dream

By Tiffany Manning
On August 28, 1963, American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech during the March on Washington. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, … read more

Weekly Preaching: January 14, 2018

By James C. Howell
The lovely vignette in 1 Samuel 3:1-10 probably seems easily comprehensible to naturally spiritual people, but cynics and the less intuitive are likely to be baffled by… read more
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