Stop playing it safe

By Jake Owensby
Fifty-six years ago John Lewis used a whites-only restroom in Jackson, Mississippi. Police arrested him and authorities sent him to Parchman Prison. Parchman is the state’s… read more

Praying for the president

By Kira Schlesinger
After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and the subsequent failure of the levees caused devastating flooding in New Orleans, many poor and vulnerable people were evacuated to… read more

Evangelical supporters meet with, pray for Trump

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) — President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with evangelical supporters this week as news was breaking about the president’s son’s… read more

All ground is holy

By Carla Pratt Keyes
Carla Pratt Keyes, pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, preaches the Parable of the Sower from Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. She asks, "What if we were to… read more

Weekly Preaching: July 9, 2017

By James C. Howell
My plan had been to preach through Genesis this summer, tracing the lectionary route. But while I’m happy to tackle any text, Genesis 24 is about such a curious courtship… read more

Sermon Starter: Acceptable Sacrifice

By Lori Broschat
Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 128; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 Romans 12 is perhaps one of the most difficult passages on which to preach because it deals with two very touchy… read more

The heart of the matter

By David C. Hockett
Matthew 16:13-20 “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Jesus puts the question directly to his disciples. After asking what the crowds say about him—the… read more

An Ecumenical Future for The UMC?

By Jean G. Hawxhurst, Kyle R. Tau
The United Methodist Church and its predecessor bodies are and have been deeply committed to the cause of Christian unity. Historically, Methodists have been founding members of… read more

Surplus Grace: Belief, Doubt, and the Ever-Graced Faith

By Cynthia L. Rigby
“Have faith in God!” Jesus tells his disciples in the Gospel of Mark (11:22 CEB). “You believe in God; believe also in me,” he says in the Gospel of John… read more

Is the Protestant Reformation Over? Can the Schism End?

By Roger E. Olson
According to common belief, the Protestant Reformation began five hundred years ago when, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed a list of ninety-five theses to the cathedral… read more

Back to the basics: Love, sin, salvation and the #NextMethodism

By David F. Watson
A few good posts have popped up about the “Next Methodism” and what that might look like. Kevin Watson, Scott Fritzsche and Stephen Fife have taken up this topic, … read more

Christians and artificial intelligence

By Mike Poteet
Playing games with AI How relevant is a 3,000-year-old board game to humanity’s future? More relevant than you might think, especially when a computer learns how to win. In… read more
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