The rise and fall of the American seminary

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) General Theological Seminary’s campus in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan is everything you’d want in an urban seminary. Handsome buildings, a… read more

Why a Wisconsin man decided to take on the Islamic State

By Sophie Cousins / USA Today
DERIKE, Syria (RNS) Like many Americans, Jordan Matson is outraged by the brutality of the Islamic State. But unlike virtually every other American, he decided to take on the… read more

What a view!

By Neil Epler
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Wow! What a view! Have you ever said those words? I wonder if Moses said them when he climbed Mount Pisgah and looked out at the promised land. Most of us have … read more

Sermon Options: November 23, 2014

By Ministry Matters
The Search is On Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 A pastor overheard a little girl ask her mother, "Mommy, does God believe in us?" The more I've thought about it, the more serious that… read more

Speaking without notes

By Tom Fuerst
About six weeks ago, a few friends challenged me to take my preaching to the next step by preaching without notes. A part of me was really excited about this challenge — not … read more

The Shepherd King

By Melissa Scott
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Matthew 25:31-46 Whenever a new monarch has come to power throughout history, people have asked, What kind of king (or queen) will this be? Today we… read more

Tony Campolo’s surprise reaction when his son came out as a humanist

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) Bart Campolo decided he was no longer a Christian after being injured in a bike accident in 2011. But he waited until last Thanksgiving to break the news to his father… read more

Supreme Court allows gay marriage to expand to 30 states

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage on Monday (Oct. 6), leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize… read more

Power, the Holy Spirit, and full conviction

By Victor Shepherd
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 As the apostle Paul reflects on the congregations he has established, visited, or is about to see for the first time, he never hesitates to declare his… read more

Atheists tweet more often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, study shows

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) What does a map of the U.S. religious landscape look like in 140 characters? A new study of Twitter finds that self-identified religious users are more likely to tweet to… read more

Sermon Options: November 16, 2014

By Ministry Matters
A Cry for Help Judges 4:1-7 Two young men were walking along discussing life and its problems. One man said, "Some folks say that the events of life are completely random and… read more

Sermon Starter: Using Our Talents

By Matthew L. Kelley
Scriptures: Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30 I’ve always been kind of uneasy with the parable of the talents. It seems like the third… read more
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