Giving thanks and thankful giving

By Greg Paul
Thanksgiving may be the last communal and contemplative annual event in North America. Ramadan is for Muslims; Passover, Yom Kippur and other holy days are observed by Jews;… read more

Sermon Options: January 11, 2015

By Sermon Options
In the Beginning Genesis 1:1-5 What is your first memory? Some people claim to remember images from infancy; others don’t recall any clear memories before age six or seven… read more

The mission behind our method

By Laceye C. Warner
The Wesleyan tradition and The United Methodist Church emerged from a missional imperative. This is distinctive for United Methodism, since other denominational traditions often… read more

Pastors opposed to same-sex marriage vow not to participate in any civil ceremonies

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) What’s the surest way conservative pastors can avoid any government mandate to perform same-sex marriages? According to one prominent religious journal and a growing… read more

Evangelicals a mixed bag on Obama’s immigration move

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) While Republican leaders blast President Obama for taking executive action on immigration reform, some prominent evangelical leaders are welcoming the… read more

Practical divinity

By Stanley Hauerwas
In the shadows of a dying Christendom, the challenge is how to recover a strong theological voice without that voice betraying the appropriate fragility of all speech and… read more

Forward in faith

By Brett Younger
Matthew 2:1-12 Our family took a walk this week to get a closer look at the nativity scene three blocks from our house. Mary is, as usual, dressed in blue. Jesus, who looks about… read more

Rise and shine

By Brett Younger
Isaiah 60:1-6 An atheist was upset with me. It started when I wrote a response to an article in the local paper about the growing number of people with no religious affiliation… read more

Epiphany of the Lord

By Marcia T. Thompson
Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 Come Toward the Light The first strophe of this salvation poem summarizes the rest of the poem. Take … read more

I'm only human

By Henry E. Roberts
Isaiah 61:10-62:3 We are created as children of God, in God’s own image. When we live our lives in Christ we become joint heirs of all God’s promises. Such truth gives … read more

Four killed in Jerusalem synagogue terror attack

By Michele Chabin / USA Today
JERUSALEM (RNS) At least four worshipers, three of them U.S.-born, were killed in an attack on a west Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday (Nov. 18) by two Palestinians wielding a gun, an… read more

Longing for peace

By Brett Younger
Isaiah 9:2-7 We tend to romanticize Christmas, but we don’t do it on purpose. We are reasonable, logical, and hardheaded, but the magic of the season gets to us in spite of… read more
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