Sermon Options: November 27, 2016

By Ministry Matters
GETTING READY Isaiah 2:1-5 "Are you ready yet?" My parents said those words to me practically every Sunday morning. They had to ask me that question because I was always the last… read more

A view from above

By Mike Childress
Isaiah 2:1-5 This time of year is a real mixed bag. Advent and Christmas can be very difficult for some people. Depression and suicide increase more than any other time of year… read more

Stuck in the crowd?

By Michael Renninger
Father Michael Renninger, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, tells the story of Zacchaeus from Luke 19:1-10, but he begins with a story about being stuck in … read more

Trump vs. Hillary vs. truth

By David Dorn
Based on what the U.S. presidential candidates have said and done, which one do you line up with the most? Related: Why I’m neither optimistic nor pessimistic about… read more

Site where Romans breached Jerusalem walls is pinpointed

By Michelle Chabin / Religion News Service
JERUSALEM (RNS) The site where, nearly 2,000 years ago, the Roman army breached the outer walls of ancient Jerusalem before capturing the city and destroying the Second Jewish… read more

Why is immigration a Christian issue?

By James C. Howell
Nothing illustrates the inner conflicts Christians might experience, and the brutal truth that we live in a fallen world better, than the question of immigration. On the one hand, … read more

Art of the Sermon: Bishop Ken Carter on preaching

By Dan Wunderlich
In this two-part episode of Art of the Sermon, Dan Wunderlich talks with United Methodist bishop Ken Carter. In part 1, Bishop Carter shares the role preaching has played… read more

Sermon Options: November 20, 2016

By Ministry Matters
GOD IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS JEREMIAH 23:1-6 Jeremiah speaks of the coming of a king whose name is a remarkable summary and affirmation of the faith to which the whole Bible… read more

A Splintered Throne

By Timothy L. Owings
Luke 23:33-43 Today’s worship marks the last Sunday of the Christian year and centers around the theme of Christ the King. With the passing of this day, our hearts and minds … read more

Politics, religion and the heartbreak of abortion

By James C. Howell
When it comes to all the political combat in the past 40+ years over abortion, Parker Palmer’s wisdom helps us:  “Rage is simply one of the masks that… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Am I supposed to let someone hit me?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: The Bible says to turn the other cheek when I am affronted. How do such words apply in a world full of radicalism, threats, rampant murders, bigotry and… read more

Glad that's not me!

By Mandy England Cole
Mandy England Cole, pastor of Ginter Park Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, preaches the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector from Luke 18:9-14. This parable seems so … read more
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