Preaching in a Political Season

By Michael Williams
Several years ago, while I was serving a large suburban congregation, I preached a sermon on how the healing stories in the Gospels undergird a Christian understanding that… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Can I use the Bible to convince my friends to vote a certain way?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Religion has a very unifying effect on its followers. Is it even possible to separate religion and politics (that govern our everyday lives)? The Bible is… read more

Post-election America

By Melissa Slocum
With just four days to go before the presidential election, many Americans are anxious about the outcome. Regardless of who is elected, roughly half of voters will be let down… read more

Civility and Christian faith

By Doug Paysour
Worst ever! Many are proclaiming that this year’s campaign is the worst ever, most uncivil and full of name-calling and bluster. Chuck Lorre, in his Vanity Card #539 at the… read more

Called to be disciples, not admirers

By Mike Childress
Matthew 11:2-11 In 1964, I had one of the most extraordinary experiences in my childhood. My aunt and uncle took me to see the World’s Fair. The closest thing to such an… read more

Sermon Options: December 11, 2016

By Ministry Matters
CHRISTMAS AND HOPE Isaiah 35:1-10 A little girl in our city lived in a government housing project. She watched the drug deals and gang violence from her second-story window. A… read more

What makes a sermon sing?

By Todd Outcalt
When I began preaching at the age of nineteen, I had no idea then how to structure a sermon, how to do exegesis, or even how to deliver a sermon effectively. These skills were… read more

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
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