'Tis the season: Race and politics

By James C. Howell
A question many Americans will argue over is whether race should be “politicized.” In ways we may not realize, race is and always has been a profoundly political… read more

Race, justice and the church

By Gregory V. Palmer, Justin Coleman, F. Willis Johnson
On this episode of Ministry Matters Radio, Justin Coleman, F. Willis Johnson and Bishop Gregory Palmer discuss the church's role when it comes to race and justice issues in our… read more

I am not an obstacle to Christian unity

By Kira Schlesinger
As those who frequently read my writings on this site know, I write a lot about gender issues and the church, what it is like to be a woman in ministry, and the challenges and… read more

Great chasms

By Adam Thomas
This past summer marked the tenth anniversary of a fateful decision in my life. I had just started my hospital chaplaincy in Dallas and the two-year long relationship I expected… read more

'Tis the season: Politics and the poor

By James C. Howell
Shortly before his crucifixion, Jesus said “The poor will always be with you” (Mark 14:7). He wasn’t saying Therefore ignore them, or There’s… read more

'Tis the season: Who cares what the church stands for?

By James C. Howell
I have just completed two terms on my denomination’s General Board of Church & Society, our agency that strives to implement our Social Principles, through lobbying… read more

Elections, fear and trusting God

By Lindsey Foster Stringer
What a year this has been. In addition to atrocities that keep occurring both at home and abroad, we are approaching the peak of an election cycle that no one saw coming. I… read more

Sermon Options: November 6, 2016

By Ministry Matters
HOW TO STAND FIRM IN A TURBULENT WORLD 2 THESSALONIANS 2:1-5, 13-17 Have you ever tried to walk in gale force winds? That is what it is like to try to stand firm in our world… read more

Don't be fooled

By Philip Wise
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Have you ever been fooled? I have, but I don’t like to admit it. I’ve been fooled by my friends. I’ve been fooled by some curve… read more

Theology and Vulnerability

By Karoline Lewis
Not only is ministry inherently vulnerable because you are continually at risk for others observing your perceived faults and the aspects of yourself you would rather not have… read more

Sermon Options: October 30, 2016

By Ministry Matters
CELEBRATE SPIRITUAL SUCCESS 2 THESSALONIANS 1:1-4, 11-12 One thing that Christians need to learn to do is celebrate. After a promotion, a championship, or an award people… read more

What we are and what we can be

By Philip Wise
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 Every pastor can understand Paul’s situation: addressing a problem he’s already addressed. In 1 Thessalonians Paul attempted to comfort… read more
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