All ground is holy

By Carla Pratt Keyes
Carla Pratt Keyes, pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, preaches the Parable of the Sower from Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. She asks, "What if we were to… read more

Weekly Preaching: July 9, 2017

By James C. Howell
My plan had been to preach through Genesis this summer, tracing the lectionary route. But while I’m happy to tackle any text, Genesis 24 is about such a curious courtship… read more

Sermon Starter: Acceptable Sacrifice

By Lori Broschat
Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 128; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 Romans 12 is perhaps one of the most difficult passages on which to preach because it deals with two very touchy… read more

The heart of the matter

By David C. Hockett
Matthew 16:13-20 “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Jesus puts the question directly to his disciples. After asking what the crowds say about him—the… read more

Back to the basics: Love, sin, salvation and the #NextMethodism

By David F. Watson
A few good posts have popped up about the “Next Methodism” and what that might look like. Kevin Watson, Scott Fritzsche and Stephen Fife have taken up this topic, … read more

Christians and artificial intelligence

By Mike Poteet
Playing games with AI How relevant is a 3,000-year-old board game to humanity’s future? More relevant than you might think, especially when a computer learns how to win. In… read more

Weekly Preaching: July 2, 2017

By James C. Howell
This Sunday, attendance will be low (weirdly, as patriotic people prize freedom of religion; I guess it's the freedom not to worship?). I'm being cynical already. Feelings may be… read more

Dying to live

By Jake Owensby
Fleeing persecution, a Christian priest sought sanctuary in a non-Christian’s home. Considering its size and its influence in that place, Christianity was a minor sect. But… read more

Wrestling God

By Paul L. Escamilla
Genesis 32:22-31 Let’s get something straight. So far as the biblical witness would suggest, angels are not dainty. In Genesis 18, three of them are eating enough for fifty… read more

Sermon Starter: Serving in Sorrow

By Thad H. Carter
Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21 While dealing with the death of John, Jesus withdraws to a solitary place.  Even there he is followed by… read more

Faith is a three-way street

By Zack Hunt
The streets of downtown Boston can be a nightmare to navigate — and not just during rush hour. Rather than the grid pattern that would eventually develop in other American… read more

Weekly Preaching: June 25, 2017

By James C. Howell
My, my... Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1-11, Matthew 10:24-39. Whichever text you choose, you will find yourself a very long way from the simplistic, formulaic spirituality… read more
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