Sermon Options: December 4, 2016

By Ministry Matters
CHRISTMAS GREATNESS Isaiah 11:1-10 Sometimes big things come in small packages. One man said that he had learned after years of marriage that when his wife says that she just… read more

A prophetic nudge

By Mike Childress
Isaiah 11:1-10 Every now and then, Isaiah taps us on the shoulder to say, “You better sit up straight and listen to this!” Today’s reading is just such a lesson. … read more

Guns and Jesus

By James C. Howell
When the NRA convention was in Charlotte in 2000, I had an op-ed in The Charlotte Observer that asked “Would Jesus join the NRA?” I did not answer the… read more

Vulnerability in the pulpit: How much is too much?

By Kira Schlesinger
Glennon Doyle Melton is a best-selling author, a well-known blogger, and a popular speaker. Recently, I lined up with a lot of other thirty and forty-something white women to file … read more

Top five hills I’ll die on

By Talbot Davis
Have you noticed people want you to take a stand these days? To make your decision, your position, your viewpoint known. It’s true in politics, it’s true in theology… read more

Why a study of history is essential for the strength of our democracy

By John Fea / Religion News Service
(RNS) Donald Trump told a large crowd at Regent University in Virginia Beach last week that if elected president he would defend religious liberty, champion evangelical values and … read more

Sermon Options: November 27, 2016

By Ministry Matters
GETTING READY Isaiah 2:1-5 "Are you ready yet?" My parents said those words to me practically every Sunday morning. They had to ask me that question because I was always the last… read more

A view from above

By Mike Childress
Isaiah 2:1-5 This time of year is a real mixed bag. Advent and Christmas can be very difficult for some people. Depression and suicide increase more than any other time of year… read more

Stuck in the crowd?

By Michael Renninger
Father Michael Renninger, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, tells the story of Zacchaeus from Luke 19:1-10, but he begins with a story about being stuck in … read more

Trump vs. Hillary vs. truth

By David Dorn
Based on what the U.S. presidential candidates have said and done, which one do you line up with the most? Related: Why I’m neither optimistic nor pessimistic about… read more

Site where Romans breached Jerusalem walls is pinpointed

By Michelle Chabin / Religion News Service
JERUSALEM (RNS) The site where, nearly 2,000 years ago, the Roman army breached the outer walls of ancient Jerusalem before capturing the city and destroying the Second Jewish… read more

Why is immigration a Christian issue?

By James C. Howell
Nothing illustrates the inner conflicts Christians might experience, and the brutal truth that we live in a fallen world better, than the question of immigration. On the one hand, … read more
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