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

Review: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

By Eric Van Meter
The story of David and Goliath provides a metaphor that reaches far into American culture, from church to business to athletics. It is the quintessential celebration of the… read more

Sermon Options: January 26, 2014

By Ministry Matters
FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT Isaiah 9:1-4 One of the most pressing problems in our society is depression. Millions are affected by it; perhaps some in the congregation struggle with… read more

Dear Pastors: Guard Your Online Pulpit

By Chad Holtz
My news feed has blown up over the last two days over two stories about the same thing: human sexuality. Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson was suspended from his reality TV show… read more

Psalm 130

By Simon Peter Iredale
This dramatic psalm has been a favorite even among those with no professed belief in God. It has been set to music many times and lurks thematically behind many pieces of art. I… read more

Duck Dynasty, Defrockings, and Free Speech

By Shane Raynor
There are two big stories blowing up on social media right now, both related to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The most widely discussed one involves the star of the popular … read more

Material Possessions and Christians

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
Prized Possessions or Junk? Mary and Stephen Smith had lived in a farmhouse they inherited from Mary's mother, Sophie Turner. With the house had come all of Sophie's… read more

My Degree Is Longer Than Your Degree!

By Jarrod Johnston
Saturday, Leanne and I were at the Sunday School party for one of our young adult classes and struck up a conversation with another guy working on his second master's… read more

Sermon Options: January 19, 2014

By Ministry Matters
THE CALL OF THE SERVANT Isaiah 49:1-7 In studying the four servant songs in Isaiah, we need to raise the question of the servant's identity. Is Isaiah referring to the nation… read more

The First Step

By Brett Younger
Matthew 3:13-17 We don't think about it much, but for most of us, one thing that brings us to church on Sunday is the fact that we were baptized. Some of us were baptized without… read more
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