Trump’s secretary of state pick may anger social conservatives

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, has come under fire for his friendship with Russian president Vladimir Putin — who is… read more

The curious trouble with liking everyone

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
As Christians, we’re called to love everyone. It’s certainly not easy — as family dynamics, church politics and presidential elections make clear — but… read more

Christmas is not your birthday

By Mike Slaughter
I received an email this week from someone I have never met, Chris Thompson, who identified himself as a blogger and columnist with the Alaska Dispatch News. Chris wrote: Dear… read more

3 life-changing lessons from Donald Trump’s favorite minister

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
Earlier this year a friend of mine delivered a sermon at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Facebook comments soon informed him that the church had once been headed by… read more

Sermon Options: January 15, 2017

By Ministry Matters
THE CALL OF THE SERVANT Isaiah 49:1-7 In studying the four servant songs in Isaiah, we need to raise the question of the servant's identity. Is Isaiah referring to the nation… read more

Come and see

By Brett Younger
John 1:29-42 How would your life be different if you were not a Christian? For some of us who have lived surrounded by Christian people, it’s hard to imagine, but what if… read more

The first step

By Brett Younger
Matthew 3:13-17 We don’t think about it much, but for most of us, one thing that brings us to church on Sunday is the fact that we were baptized. Some of us were baptized… read more

Sermon Options: January 8, 2017

By Ministry Matters
BRINGING JUSTICE, AND GENTLY Isaiah 42-9 If you ask a child, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" it's unlikely you'll receive the answer, "I want to be a servant."… read more

When we talk salvation, sexuality matters

By Cameron Merrill
In only a couple of weeks, most of us will sing one of our best songs: "Now in mystic union join, Thine to ours, and ours to Thine." Following the way the words run, the… read more

Is the War on Christmas over yet?

By Joseph Yoo
One of the most annoying things that come out of the Christmas season is the so-called “War on Christmas” narrative that dominates news and social media feeds. The… read more

Trump's xenophobia as a summons for sermons

By William H. Willimon
While America’s election of Donald Trump as president is probably a bad thing for America, it’s a great boon for us preachers. There we were, mired in a homiletic… read more

Safety pin or a cross?

By Kira Schlesinger
After a contentious election, in which racist, sexist, and xenophobic rhetoric was used, the number of hate incidents reported to the Southern Poverty Law Center rose sharply… read more
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