What the Presbyterians Got Wrong on Israel

By Rick Jacobs
NEW YORK (RNS) Some 2,000 years ago, a prospective Jew in ancient Israel asked Rabbi Hillel to teach him the whole Torah while standing on one foot. Hillel responded: "What is… read more

Sermon Options: May 4, 2014

By Ministry Matters
WHAT SHOULD WE DO? ACTS 2:14a, 36-41 The good news is that "the entire house of Israel [should] know with certainty that God has made [Jesus] both Lord and Messiah" (v. 36). The… read more

They Were Wrong When They Told You Not to Proof-text

By Clifton Stringer
In seminary we were told not to proof-text. They meant: Don't just quote isolated verses of the Bible to support your views or doctrines. They were wrong to tell us not to… read more

Dear Churchgoers...

By Joseph Yoo
Dear Churchgoers, This may make me sound like I'm either complaining or not good at my job. Neither is the case, though the latter can be debated. The truth is, I'm not a mind… read more

Was Jesus Divine? Publisher Hedges Bets with Bart Ehrman's New Book

By John Murawski
(RNS) Set side by side, the book jackets look almost like matching woodblock prints of a bearded, haloed figure. The titles mirror each other, too, featuring the same trio of… read more

Listen Up, Noah

By Common English Bible
Read Genesis 6:5-9:17 The Writers of Genesis Readers of Genesis notice that several of the events in the book are told twice. There are two accounts of creation, two records of… read more

Sermon Options: April 27, 2014

By Ministry Matters
WHEN YOU'RE CUT TO THE HEART ACTS 2:36-41 What do you do when you've been cut to the heart? In this passage, we find ourselves in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. Peter… read more

New Medieval Bible Meditation: Ezekiel 37:1-14

By Clifton Stringer
Fifth Sunday in LentApril 6, 2014 Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Revised Common and Episcopal); Ezekiel 37:11-14 (Roman Catholic) At the literal level, this scripture shows an interaction… read more

Is Your Church Reaching Its Budget?

By Nancy Lawson
Would it surprise you to learn that, of the churches recently surveyed by Giving Rocket, only 14 percent were meeting or exceeding budget? Knowing that churches rely entirely on… read more

Preaching Controversial Issues

By Adam Hamilton
When preaching on controversial issues, preachers must decide whether the aim is to influence their hearers, or simply to irritate them. The latter is easy, requires no skill, and … read more

The Conscience of a Spouse

By Adam Hamilton
While [Pilate] was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, "Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream… read more

The Divine Wonder of the Scriptures

By Clifton Stringer
The words of 1 Peter seemed to come alive before me, shimmering with light and truth right there on the page. They were drawing my heart beyond the material world and into divine… read more
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