Matthew 25:31-46 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
The Judgment (25:31-46) The three parables of the apocalypse all end on a note of judgment. Accounts are to be rendered; in the case of the wide and foolish maidens, some entered… read more

World Hunger, MSNBC, Mitt Romney, and Socialism

By Shane Raynor
I get my daily news from a number of sources, mostly online, and as I'm reading I often come across stories that don't necessarily warrant a blog post, but do raise questions and… read more

Wise Men and Women

By Randy Horick
Today is Epiphany, the day when we celebrate the arrival of the magi, or wise men, who came to see and worship the baby Jesus. (Epiphany is the twelfth day after Christmas, and… read more

The First Sunday and It's Communion

By Ed Trimmer
The First Sunday in a new church is always interesting, especially if you are not just a guest but are going to preach and pastor for a period of time at this congregation. So… read more

Fasting: A 'New' Discipline for a New Year

By Melissa Slocum
2013 has come and gone, and the new year is less than a week old. The good news is that, regardless of what 2014 brings, we can hold fast to the truth that "Jesus Christ is the… read more

Steps in the Right Direction

By Brett Younger
Matthew 4:12-23 The crucial moments in which we choose directions for our lives aren't usually marked with caution signs, bright red flags, or even the feeling that we are about… read more

A Greater Story, The God Story

By Jacob Armstrong
I remember a conversation I had with my dad when I was eight or nine years old. We were sitting on our front porch in old wood rocking chairs. It's an interesting memory for me… read more

Hearing God in 2014

By Shane Raynor
2014 could turn out like most other years... a few highs, a few lows… nothing earth-shattering for most of us. Or it could be a year when all hell breaks loose in the… read more

Sermon Options: February 2, 2014

By Ministry Matters
PLAIN SPEAKING MICAH 6:1-8 God has a complaint—what is sometimes called a covenant lawsuit—with the people of Israel. Micah becomes the voice through which this charge … read more

Sermon Options: February 9, 2014

By Ministry Matters
A NEW CALL TO WORSHIP ISAIAH 58:1-9a (9b-12) The setting for this prophetic oracle is probably postexilic Jerusalem or Judah. The community has been restored to home, and yet… read more

Come and See

By Brett Younger
John 1:29-42 How would your life be different if you were not a Christian? For some of us who have lived surrounded by Christian people, it's hard to imagine, but what if you had… read more

What's Wrong with Playing the Lottery?

By Mike Poteet
'Tis the (Scratch-Off) Season Did you find lottery tickets in your Christmas stocking? Did you stuff some in someone else's? Every holiday season, state lottery agencies spend… read more
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