Disastrous Christmas

By Don Underwood
Forty years ago I was the youth minister at a church in a county seat town. There was a strong tradition in this church of providing a live nativity scene every year, and it was… read more

Chaos, Confusion, and Call (Jeremiah 1:1-7)

By Judy Fentress-Williams
Jeremiah 1:1-7 Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams preaching at Alfred Street Baptist Church read more

Hallmarks of Good Preaching

By Thomas H. Troeger, Leonora Tubbs Tisdale
We assume that many of you already know a considerable amount about preaching. It may be intuitive knowledge, things you have sensed and felt but not yet named to yourself… read more

Sermon Options: December 29, 2013

By Ministry Matters
THANKSGIVING DAY Isaiah 63:7-9 In the United States, the last Thursday in November is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day. However, I would suggest that we also unofficially make the… read more

Why I'm Open to Online Communion

By Shane Raynor
Last year I had the pleasure of having lunch with Andy Langford when he was visiting Nashville. Andy is a well-known United Methodist pastor who has been making a few waves in… read more

Walking Your City's Streets with Nehemiah

By Joseph W. Daniels Jr.
What would it take for you to think of your community as your congregation? Most church leaders—lay and clergy—don't think like this. In fact, when I ask this… read more

When God Shows Up

By Gary G. Kindley
Luke 2:1-20 A Sunday school teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem. A small child replied, "They couldn't get a babysitter." There is a… 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

Sermon Options: December 22, 2013

By Ministry Matters
CHRISTMAS IS... Isaiah 7:10-16 During a past Christmas season a five-year-old boy was playing with our son and stayed at our house for lunch. As I served their meal I noticed our… read more

Sermon Options: December 15, 2013

By Ministry Matters
CHRISTMAS AND HOPE Isaiah 35:1-10 A little girl in our city lived in a government housing project. She watched the drug deals and gang violence from her second-story window. A… read more

Joseph’s Dreams

By Brett Younger
Matthew 1:18-25 Saint Joseph is the patron saint of cabinetmakers, confectioners, engineers, immigrants, house hunters, travelers, pioneers, pregnant women, fathers, and married… read more

Called to Be Disciples, Not Admirers

By Mike Childress
Matthew 11:2-11 In 1964, I had one of the most extraordinary experiences in my childhood. My aunt and uncle took me to see the World's Fair. The closest thing to such an event I… read more
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