Supreme Court allows gay marriage to expand to 30 states

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage on Monday (Oct. 6), leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize… read more

Power, the Holy Spirit, and full conviction

By Victor Shepherd
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 As the apostle Paul reflects on the congregations he has established, visited, or is about to see for the first time, he never hesitates to declare his… read more

Atheists tweet more often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, study shows

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) What does a map of the U.S. religious landscape look like in 140 characters? A new study of Twitter finds that self-identified religious users are more likely to tweet to… read more

Sermon Options: November 16, 2014

By Ministry Matters
A Cry for Help Judges 4:1-7 Two young men were walking along discussing life and its problems. One man said, "Some folks say that the events of life are completely random and… read more

Sermon Starter: Using Our Talents

By Matthew L. Kelley
Scriptures: Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30 I’ve always been kind of uneasy with the parable of the talents. It seems like the third… read more

What do Americans pray for? Themselves. And maybe a sports team

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) When Americans aren’t busy praying for themselves or their own needs — and most of them are — many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite… read more

Christians got talent

By Neil Epler
Based on the success of shows like American Idol, Great Britain started a similar show, Britain’s Got Talent. It became an instant hit thanks to a woman named Susan… read more

Sermon Options: November 9, 2014

By Ministry Matters
Choosing Faith Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 If the truth be told, all life involves choice. M. Scott Peck's best-selling book is titled The Road Less Traveled. We know too well why it is … read more

Bible Study: Week of November 2, 2014

By Keeping Holy Time
Old Testament: Joshua 3:7-17 The death of Moses, which brought to a close the Torah, was not the end of the story for the people of Israel. Under the leadership of Joshua… read more

Sermon Options: November 2, 2014

By Ministry Matters
Living the Covenant Joshua 3:7-17 Moses is dead, and Joshua has been commissioned by the Lord. Israel is making plans to enter the land promised by Yahweh. Joshua sends spies to… read more

Sermon Starter: Eyes Wide Open

By Matthew L. Kelley
Scriptures: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 One of the many things my dad taught me was to appreciate the stories of Sherlock Holmes, … read more

Sermon Options: October 26, 2014

By Ministry Matters
The Call to Ministry: Pain or Promise? Deuteronomy 34:1-12 A common misunderstanding of baptism is that baptism is the end of a Christian's search for God. To walk the "sawdust… read more
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