Do something this summer

By Tamara Fyke
This is it! The last week of school (at least that’s the case here in Nashville, Tenn.) You and your kids are counting down the days until the final bell rings. After about… read more

Lessons from a condemned man's last meal

By Jake Owensby
Ledell Lee ate his last meal on April 20. Officials of the Arkansas Department of Corrections executed him by lethal injection at 11:44 that same evening. The last meal is a… read more

Right-handers=good; left-handers=evil

By Christy Thomas
Right-handers comprise 85-90% of human population. Many tools — table saws, scissors, manual can openers, for example — are nearly impossible for left handers to use… read more

Black clergy decry Trump policies as detrimental to African-Americans

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Black clergy, standing in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, declared that President Trump is not living up to his promise of being the “greatest… read more

Weekly Preaching: Mother's Day

By James C. Howell
Mother’s Day preaching. So tough. So easy to be schmaltzy, to regale people about the wonder of Mom. But then I’m one of the people for whom it’s an… read more

Looking Ahead

By William H. Willimon
October 1, 2017 Philippians 2:1-13 October 8, 2017 Philippians 3:4b-14 October 15, 2017 Philippians 4:1-9  October 22, 2017 Matthew 22:15-17 October 29, 2017 Matthew … read more

Ruling on a gay bishop could be far reaching

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) The Judicial Council’s recent ruling against the consecration of a gay bishop likely has consequences for United Methodists far beyond one bishop. The United… read more

September 24, 2017 - God, Searching for You

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: We have before us this Sunday a rich parable that only Matthew records. Some commentators interpret this parable of the workers in the vineyard as related… read more

September 17, 2017 - Extravagant Forgiveness

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: By a happy confluence, last Sunday’s Gospel and this week’s Gospel fit together. Jesus continues to teach, to give practical (though at times… read more

September 10, 2017 - Church Like It's Meant to Be

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: Chapter 18 of Matthew is filled with specific, practical directions for life inside the Christian community. If there are those who complain that Jesus… read more

September 3, 2017 - As Christ's Beloved, Act Like It!

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: Last Sunday we noted that Christianity is more than a matter of ethics, more than simply living a good life. Christianity is a matter of affirming that… read more

August 27, 2017 - Jesus: God's Son, Messiah

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: We are at a high point in Matthew’s Gospel for this Sunday’s lesson, Matthew 16:13-20. This episode is found in all of the Synoptics and in… read more
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