Use the keys

By Jake Owensby
Wearing a clerical collar and, as I recall, a black suit, I stood in line waiting to buy something at a drugstore near the church I was serving. A man directly in front of me… read more

Sermon Options: October 1, 2017

By Ministry Matters
Out of Water Exodus 17:1-7 The wandering about in the wilderness did not suit the Israelites. At times, the whole deliverance project seemed aimless. And the people would grow… read more

God with us

By Tracey Allred
Exodus 17:1-7 There are many parts of the Bible that I wish I could have experienced firsthand. I would love to meet individuals like Abraham, Esther, Samuel, Rahab, David, and so … read more

Sermon Options: September 24, 2017

By Ministry Matters
Don't Pass over the Wilderness Exodus 16:2-15 From the outset, I think we should take note that nearly all wilderness journeys are experiences of purification. We might not know… read more

Forgetting and remembering

By Ryan Wilson
Exodus 16:2-15 “How soon we forget,” Moses must have thought! Not long before, the Israelites had been slaves in Egypt. How quickly the people could forget how… read more

An Ecumenical Future for The UMC?

By Jean G. Hawxhurst, Kyle R. Tau
The United Methodist Church and its predecessor bodies are and have been deeply committed to the cause of Christian unity. Historically, Methodists have been founding members of… read more

Weekly Preaching: August 27, 2017

By James C. Howell
If you’re like us, we have big back-to-school emphases on August 27. So I find myself drawn to the OT, Exodus 1:8-2:10, a good Bible story (with children involved!), and… read more

What I've been missing

By Jake Owensby
My father never joined the Klan. And Neo-Nazis would have disgusted him. He didn’t serve in WWII to see Americans goose-stepping down Main Street waving swastikas. And yet… read more

Surplus Grace: Belief, Doubt, and the Ever-Graced Faith

By Cynthia L. Rigby
“Have faith in God!” Jesus tells his disciples in the Gospel of Mark (11:22 CEB). “You believe in God; believe also in me,” he says in the Gospel of John… read more

Pause. Imagine that.

By Gregg Taylor
When two kids got caught in a rip tide just off the beach in Panama City Beach, Florida, four of their family members and three others rushed to their rescue only to find… read more

We’re (not) better than this

By Dane Womack
To my Christian friends: I assume you know that white supremacy, Nazism, racism, and misogyny are antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we hope for nothing… read more

Is the Protestant Reformation Over? Can the Schism End?

By Roger E. Olson
According to common belief, the Protestant Reformation began five hundred years ago when, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed a list of ninety-five theses to the cathedral… read more
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