Ascended Into Heaven

By Carl L. Schenck
Acts 1:1-11 Today is one of those relatively obscure Christian holidays of which many are unaware: Ascension Sunday. This is the day in the church calendar when we celebrate the… read more

Going Deep with the Bible in Preaching

By Brent A. Strawn
Most Sundays, I am the one who listens to sermons, not the one who delivers them. Listening is definitely the easier job! Of the thousands of sermons I've heard over the years… read more

A Strong Foundation

By Kimberly MacNeill
I have been privileged to be part of building three homes. Each time we built one, my husband Dave wanted to go by everyday and observe the progress. I could have cared less. Just … read more

You Cannot Describe Love

By E. Stanley Jones
The Samaritan woman asked, "Why do you, a Jewish man, ask for something to drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" (Jews and Samaritans didn't associate with each other.) Jesus… read more

Why Are So Many Churches Empty? The Importance of In-Depth Bible Study for a Congregation

By Shane Stanford
An article in a church growth magazine asked, “Why are so many churches empty?” The writer answered the question with the typical responses, including the need for… read more

ReImagining Generosity: Reshaping the Conversation on Stewardship, Giving & Generosity

By Jack Alexander
How many people, when asked for impressions of Bible-believing Christians, would choose words like "generous" and "compassionate" and "sacrificial"? According to studies, the… read more

Carrying Branches

By Curtis Zackery
Sometimes experiences at conferences, camps or retreats can seem a bit overwhelming. With so much information coming at us, it's important for us to find the focus for why we are… read more

5 Reasons Pastors Should Lead Bible Studies

By Magrey deVega
It is common for pastors to delegate the task of leading Bible studies to others. Reasons vary, from a preacher's need to streamline his or her weekly workload, to a desire to… read more

The Person We Used to Be

By Shane Raynor
In Romans 6:6, Paul tells us, "This is what we know: the person that we used to be was crucified with [Christ] in order to get rid of the corpse that had been controlled by sin… read more

Review: A Sermon Workbook

By Eric Van Meter
If Thomas H. Troeger and Leonora Tubbs Tisdale's love for preaching comes through in their latest collaboration, then their love for teaching about preaching shines even brighter. … read more

Proper 12 [17]

By Paul Scott Wilson
The following is an excerpt from the Abingdon Theological Companion to the Lectionary: Preaching Year A edited by Paul Scott Wilson. The Lessons in Précis Genesis… read more

Gwyneth Paltrow and Church Growth

By Joseph Yoo
I recently read an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow that made me think about my church. “I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you… read more
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