Southern Baptists cozy up to GOP after pulling back

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) When it comes to political partisanship in the 2016 presidential race, it might be said that Southern Baptists have taken one step forward and two steps back. The Ethics and … read more

The difference between complaints and criticism

By Dave Barnhart
Married couples who have a higher frequency of complaints are more likely to stay married. That was one of the many findings of John Gottman’s research. As his team of… read more

Sermon Options: September 20, 2015

By Ministry Matters
HONORING THE VIRTUE OF A WIFE PROVERBS 31:10-31 Often we look at this passage as a standard to which women need to live up to to be of good character. Perhaps there is merit to… read more


By Carl L. Schenck
James 3:13-18; Mark 9:30-37 Ambition fuels human behavior. Many events in people’s lives are motivated by ambition. A shopkeeper strives to find new ways to display goods in … read more

Sermon Options: September 13, 2015

By Ministry Matters
WISDOM’S CALL PROVERBS 1:20-33 This text focuses on two characters: wisdom and simple ones. Wisdom is personified as one calling out and warning that she needs to be heeded. … read more

Evangelicals and Muslims together denounce Franklin Graham's anti-Muslim remarks

By Sara Weissman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) An evangelical pastor from Texas joined American Muslim leaders Thursday (July 23) in denouncing recent anti-Muslim comments by evangelist Franklin Graham as they … read more

The teacher’s Achilles heel

By Philip Wise
James 3:1-12 The teaching profession has always received mixed reviews. Teachers are universally revered. At the same time young people are advised not to become teachers because… read more

His love knows no limit

By Jimmy McNeil
Mark 7:24-37 Sometimes people find it difficult to treat all people the same. We have a tendency to judge one another and treat others different according to their status in life. … read more

Who owns the title to orthodoxy?

By Christy Thomas
Orthodoxy — authorized or generally accepted theory, doctrine, or practice. Many claim it for themselves. But I ask: Who really gets to own this word? Timothy Tennent… read more

In praise of small churches

By Kira Schlesinger
While I was in Divinity School and throughout my discernment process for ordination, my one prayer was, “Please God, do not let me end up a solo clergyperson in a small … read more

Sermon Options: September 6, 2015

By Ministry Matters
WHAT’S IN A NAME? PROVERBS 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 A name is only composed of letters that make a sound. It is the person that bears those letters who is important. No matter how … read more

Listening ears

By Tracey Allred
James 1:17-27 We spend a lot of time in our family discussing good listening skills. You see, we have a three-year-old daughter who is a regular chatterbox. She talks from the… read more
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