Called to Preach

By William H. Willimon
Throughout my ministry I have kept a single painting before me. A print hangs over my desk even now, authorizing my work. It’s Michelangelo Caravaggio’s “The… read more

Jen Hatmaker, LGBTQ and apostolicity

By Mark Tooley
Recently religion columnist Jonathan Merritt complained about the evangelical “aristocracy” disapproving popular blogger Jen Hatmaker, who is from an evangelical… read more

Sermon Options: June 11, 2017

By Ministry Matters
AN EYE FOR THE FUTURE  GENESIS 1:1-2:1 Creation set in motion God's divine vision for the future. Creation is believable and dependable and it is marked by paradox. The… read more

How to figure out what you believe

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
The rules and practices of Hebrew language reveal subtle truths. Hebrew, for example, has no word for “is” or “am.”  For example, you cannot say… read more

Sermon Options: June 4, 2017

By Ministry Matters
POWER FOR PEOPLE WITH A PURPOSE ACTS 2:1-21 Before our Lord's ascension, he promised explosive and expansive power (dunamis) for the church's life and ministry through his Holy… read more

From the particular to the universal

By Roberto L. Gómez
Acts 2:1-21 The concept of the Holy Spirit is always fascinating. There are many attempts to define it and describe it, but alas, all fall short. To use an ancient Latin phrase… read more

Sermon Options: Ascension Sunday 2017 (Option 1)

By Ministry Matters
FOUNDATIONS OF PENTECOST ACTS 1:1-11 If, as some legends have it, Theophilus was a lawyer and the book of Acts is Luke's defense brief concerning the value of the apostles, then… read more

Sermon Options: Ascension Sunday 2017 (Option 2)

By Ministry Matters
Taking Care of Last Minute Matters Acts 1:1-11 Whenever we plan a trip, we have to take care of a lot of details. Plans have to be made for someone to take care of the pets… read more

Ascended into heaven

By Carl L. Schenck
Acts 1:1-11 Today is one of those relatively obscure Christian holidays of which many are unaware: Ascension Sunday. This is the day in the church calendar when we celebrate the… read more

What does it mean to be evangelical?

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) When it comes to church debates, the Revs. Thomas Lambrecht and Pamela Lightsey often stand on different sides of the theological aisle. Lambrecht is the vice president and … read more

Spring: A time to go and do good things

By Andrea Murdock
Springtime is a season of new beginnings, especially as we continue to celebrate new life following Easter. But in a lot of ways, spring is also about endings. With school… read more

It’s time. Blow up the UMC. My own breaking point.

By Christy Thomas
I had planned a gentle, thoughtful post here. I have, after all, billed myself as the Thoughtful Pastor, although some certainly question the appropriateness of my claim. My… read more
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