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

Rural America: Challenges and opportunities

By Alex Joyner
A tale of two novels The rural county where I live made international headlines last fall when a concerned mother asked the school board to review two books being taught in the… read more

The problems with loving our enemies

By Dave Barnhart
In Bath, England, ancient Romans inscribed prayers to the gods on lead tablets, then threw them into the hot springs. It was a bit like a wishing well or a votive offering. What… read more

Weekly Preaching: Road to Emmaus

By James C. Howell
Easter 3: the road to Emmaus, Luke 24:13-35. Here is a sermon I preached on this text three years ago; and here is another sermon I preached on it four years… read more

The church: It's where Christ lives

By Chris Andrews
Acts 2:42-47 No one can make the case that the Christian faith is theoretical. It is not a system of thought, a bank of words, or a collection of ideas. Ultimately the Christian… read more
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