Remaking the bad boy culture

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
The bad boy culture is alive and well. We see it in real life: prominent men who sexually harass women and get away with it; home grown terrorists who blow up buildings; shooters… read more

Mary, #MeToo and the question of consent

By Kira Schlesinger
The national conversation that we are currently having about issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment seems to only have intensified as we come to the end of the year… read more

Preaching Advent

By James C. Howell
Preaching is so very different during Advent. For years, I felt like I had to battle the vapid Christmas culture out there, or I knocked heads with musicians infringing on my… read more

Body language

By Jake Owensby
My mother learned English informally by immersion. She entered America through Ellis Island from war-ravaged Austria speaking only her native German. By the time I came along, her … read more

Sermon Options: December 24, 2017

By Sermon Options
Christmas Hope 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 David was a man of action. He had defeated Goliath and had outlived King Saul, succeeding him on the throne. David defeated all Israel's… read more

Let it be!

By Travis Franklin
Luke 1:26-38 Luke identifies for us a common Advent story—the familiar work of God through the announcement of the angel and the somewhat surprised and confused response of… read more

More than enough!

By James A. Harnish
Have mercy on us, Lord! Have mercy because we’ve had more than enough shame. We’ve had more than enough mockery from the self-confident, more than enough shame from… read more

Christ the King

By Andrea Murdock
We don’t live in a society that is ruled by a king or queen. General George Washington was called “Your Excellency,” a form of address still appropriate and… read more

What do we do with this sorrow?

By Jake Owensby
Walking through the halls of a skilled care facility, I passed by a man and a woman huddled close together in one of the corners of a common area. The woman sat serenely in a… read more

Weekly Preaching: Christ the King Sunday

By James C. Howell
Christ the King usually falls before Thanksgiving, but this year it follows.  Three great texts present themselves to the preacher. * * * Ezekiel 34:11-24 presents… read more

Giving more than thanks

By Melissa Slocum
All the final preparations are underway for Thanksgiving celebrations across the country this Thursday. The yearly parades and fun events make way for the bounty of food and… read more

Sermon Options: December 17, 2017

By Ministry Matters
The Good News of Christmas Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 In the comic strip Garfield by Jim Davis, Odie is asleep on the floor. Garfield walks up, lifts Odie's ear, and whispers, "Christmas … read more
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