Holiness of Heart and Life

By Shane Raynor
Faith without works is dead, but legitimate works only come from real faith.(Don't see the audio player? Listen at SoundCloud, Hipcast, or iTunes.) Related Link: Holiness and… read more

Advent Series: Hope Is on the Way

By Jarrod Johnston
This seven-week series for the beginning of Advent through Epiphany Sunday is based on the Gospel readings from Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary, and emphasizes themes of… read more

Grace and Faith: What's the Connection?

By Shane Raynor
Paul says in Ephesians 2:8, "You are saved by God's grace because of your faith. This salvation is God's gift. It's not something you possessed." Some translations use the words… read more

'Nones' and Faith

By Alex Joyner
Emergence of the "Nones" Their numbers have been growing. When asked to claim a religious affiliation, the number of Americans who say "none" has risen steadily in the last five… read more

Sermon Options: October 27, 2013

By Ministry Matters
FOCUS ON GOD'S FAITHFULNESS 2 TIMOTHY 4:6-8, 16-18 What you see certainly determines how you feel about what you get. It is the "cup is half empty" versus the "cup is half full"… read more

Ten Things I've Learned About Preaching

By Adam Thomas
I recently realized something that astounds me: this summer I passed the century mark for sermons preached. Since my first incoherent ramblings about the Letter to the Hebrews… read more

When the Spirit of God Shows Up

By Philip Wise
Joel 2:23-32 There is much in life that is unpredictable—our health, world affairs, and the behavior of others to name three. This unpredictability becomes significant only… read more

Understanding the People Within Your Reach

By Constance E. Stella
About a year ago, many of us were feeling battered by the national election. Remember the robo-calls? The constant TV ads? The reams of paper stuck in your storm door and mailbox? … read more

Calvin vs Wesley

By Shane Raynor
Calvin vs Wesley from Shane Raynor on Vimeo. These are some of my initial thoughts on the new book Calvin vs Wesley by Don Thorsen. Shane Raynor is an editor at Ministry Matters… read more

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

By Tricia Brown
I recently read a mother's post on Facebook regarding her young son. It said, "Ethan just drew what he said was a spider, then got scared and ran from it. I had to erase it for… read more

Review: Without Apology

By Eric Van Meter
Stanley Hauerwas has made his reputation as a scholar by writing what he believes is the candid truth about Christian theology and ethics. His sermons reflect the same commitment… read more

I Was Wrong: A Confession and Invitation

By Kasey Hitt
I don't know why it is so hard to admit being wrong. The truth is, it always has been for me. One reason is that I don't easily let go of things I believe to be true (just ask my… read more
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