Why do we want to be stronger?

By Clifton Stringer
What do we mean when we say we want to be stronger? Theologian Adam Neder has thought about this, and has something profound to offer. "For most of us life is hard and we wish it… read more

Give me the good news

By Courtney T Ball
Good news can make you stronger. Early Christian storytellers knew this. They took the tragedy of their hero’s execution and turned it into a “good news” story… read more

Sermon Options: July 12, 2015

By Ministry Matters
An Essential Proposal 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 David’s attempt to restore worship, which had been in decline since Eli’s death, sought to involve the whole nation in… read more

Dancing Before the Lord

By J. Daniel Day
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 My problem with this story is that it belongs in someone else’s Bible, someone like my pentecostal relatives or someone whose DNA doesn’t match… read more

Hipster preacher lives his mother’s legacy

By David Person
The late televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker’s boy has done the unthinkable. Jay Bakker, pastor of Revolution Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has teamed up with lesbian… read more

You're in the middle

By Joseph Yoo
I discovered an album made by Duke Divinity grad Mike Whang called "Miles and Miles: Songs from the Strange and Foreign Land of North Carolina." The song that spoke to me was the… read more

Why God cares about your happiness

By Dave Barnhart
There is a Christian meme that makes the rounds on a regular basis that contrasts human “happiness” with “holiness.” One example of this meme that cropped… read more

I pledge allegiance to… Jesus Christ, his only begotten son, our Lord

By Tom Fuerst
For the last year, my wife and I have sent our son at least one day a week to a local church’s preschool program, where they work with him on his shapes, colors, letters… read more

Review: Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry

By Patricia Farris
“Now there are a variety of gifts,” Paul wrote. Robert Schnase is earnest in desiring that all those gifts be given life and voice for the life, health, and mission of … read more

Prescriptions for a growing church

By Bob Farr, Kay L. Kotan
In every church, the pastors and leaders say they desire their congregations to grow. Yet we struggle mightily with what appear to be some strong obstacles. We want our churches… read more

Who’s worshipping with YOU?

By Josh Davis, Nikki Lerner
Our world is changing and will continue to change at a rapid pace with regard to race. The 2010 US census was eye-opening to many as we began to realize how hard it is for people… read more

Getting desperate for good

By Tom Berlin
The Reverend Tim Ward, a pastor at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, is opening a second campus, Restoration Church, in Reston, Virginia. A new subway line… read more
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