Don't apologize for being smart

By Dave Barnhart
There are a variety of gifts, says Paul. We identify many that are essential for the church: leadership, generosity, prophecy, teaching, communication, hospitality and so on. I… read more

Humility is an idea that wrecks you

By David Dorn
"God, have mercy on me a sinner." Jesus says that the tax collector who said this was justified by his humility. That's challenging. David Dorn is the Lead Contemporary… read more

From letter to spirit

By Steve Harper
The early Christians recognized they were stewards of a great mystery — the mystery that had within it power to give life or to deal death. Whether the mystery did one or… read more

Do we have to talk about this?

By Chris Andrews
Mark 10:17-31 The great poet and author Carl Sandburg was once asked by a reporter to name the ugliest word he knew. Sandburg is reported to have reflected for several minutes… read more

Sermon Options: October 11, 2015

By Ministry Matters
LIFE’S HARD QUESTIONS JOB 23:1-9, 16-17 It is easier for us to reflect on the story line of Job without entering into the pain of his conversations with his friends. In… read more

Sermon Options: October 4, 2015

By Ministry Matters
TOUGH FAITH JOB 1:1; 2:1-10 The story of Job is well known, although few of us really want to apply it to our lives so that we can understand painful circumstances. We have the… read more

Integrity in all things

By Eradio Valverde Jr.
Job 1:1; 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16 At first reading, it might appear that all these lessons from the Old and New Testaments are about marriage. They… read more

Why women bishops?

By Kira Schlesinger
A confluence of conversations, anniversaries, and events led me to reflect on women serving as bishops. First of all, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, our triennial … read more

Confederate flags placed outside MLK's Atlanta church

By USA Today Network
ATLANTA — Four Confederate flags were placed outside of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church here Thursday. Authorities said they are looking for two white men who were… read more

Sermon Options: September 27, 2015

By Ministry Matters
THE HUMBLE HEROINE ESTHER 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 This text is surrounded by a truly captivating story: God’s people are living in exile, yet God is present with them… read more

Do not forbid

By Thomas Lane Butts
Mark 9:38-50 It started early, that ugly, erosive, and persistent blight on Christianity. You might have thought it would take a generation or two before this selfish idea began… read more

Sound doctrine mattered to John Wesley

By Allan R. Bevere
I have been a United Methodist pastor for over 30 years and an adjunct professor teaching theology for more than 20. I find both enterprises in which I am engaged to be… read more
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