The Dead Sea Scrolls: Why are they important?

By Peter Surran
An amazing discovery The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of manuscripts written on leather and papyrus scrolls that had been sitting in clay jars, waiting to be discovered for… read more

This can't be the Christ, can it?

By William H. Willimon
Will Willimon is a bishop in the United Methodist Church and one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. He is also a prolific author, having written more… read more

Sermon Options: April 9, 2017

By Ministry Matters
SERVING THE SUFFERING ISAIAH 50:4-9a In the movie The Doctor, William Hurt plays Jack McKee, an accomplished surgeon who jokes around, dances to music, and flirts with the nurses… read more

The God Whisperer

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Of all the roles a pastor plays — teacher, preacher, prophet, counselor, visionary, fundraiser, custodian, PR person, administrator, cheerleader, event planner — my… read more

Named and claimed

By J. Michael Lowry
Scripture: John 20:1-18 We have all walked “tomb-ward” like Mary, on a morning of defeat or despair or deep grief. Pick up the daily paper. Evidence that evil is… read more

The Need for Prophets in the Valley

By Wendy Joyner
Ezekiel 37:1-14 A family is fighting a battle against one of life’s most feared enemies, cancer, and they watch their loved one as she literally wastes away from the… read more

Soft-toned Trump reaches out to religious and other minorities

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Trump, long-chided for failing to address a surge in hate crimes, began his first address to Congress by invoking Black History Month, and condemning… read more

Ash Wednesday doesn't need to sparkle

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) For nearly 1,500 years, Christians have observed Ash Wednesday with the smear of ashes in the shape of a cross on their foreheads, a biblical sign of repentance. The… read more

Be careful what you wish for

By Joseph Yoo
There are many things a church — particularly a declining church — wants. But they rarely ever think through how things might change if they actually get what they… read more

Preaching Ash Wednesday

By James C. Howell
Ash Wednesday preaching. It’s quiet, and brief. People come for the ashes, not a mountain of words. And yet we must preach. Perhaps such preaching should be poetic, and it… read more

The Johnson Amendment

By Mike Poteet
Targeting the Johnson Amendment During remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2, President Donald Trump pointed to “the right to worship according to our own… read more

Preaching Transfiguration

By James C. Howell
Here is a video of a sermon I preached on Matthew 17:1-9 three years ago, and this same text will be my focus here. If you're interested in the Psalter, check out… read more
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