New Medieval Bible Meditation: Ezekiel 37:1-14

By Clifton Stringer
Fifth Sunday in LentApril 6, 2014 Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Revised Common and Episcopal); Ezekiel 37:11-14 (Roman Catholic) At the literal level, this scripture shows an interaction… read more

Is Your Church Reaching Its Budget?

By Nancy Lawson
Would it surprise you to learn that, of the churches recently surveyed by Giving Rocket, only 14 percent were meeting or exceeding budget? Knowing that churches rely entirely on… read more

Preaching Controversial Issues

By Adam Hamilton
When preaching on controversial issues, preachers must decide whether the aim is to influence their hearers, or simply to irritate them. The latter is easy, requires no skill, and … read more

The Conscience of a Spouse

By Adam Hamilton
While [Pilate] was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, "Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream… read more

The Divine Wonder of the Scriptures

By Clifton Stringer
The words of 1 Peter seemed to come alive before me, shimmering with light and truth right there on the page. They were drawing my heart beyond the material world and into divine… read more

Teaching to Reality Not Our Assumptions

By Ed Trimmer
Just back from doing a weekend training event with lay people, certified lay ministry candidates, local pastors, and pastors serving United Methodist churches who are not United… read more

The Prayer of Prayers 4

By Simon Peter Iredale
Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. The power of those simple words 'daily bread' as we reflect upon them seems… read more

New Medieval Bible Meditation: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

By Clifton Stringer
Fourth Sunday in LentMarch 30, 2014 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (Revised Common & Episcopal); 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 (Roman Catholic) At the literal level, this scripture tells the… read more

Losing Jesus?

By John D.I. Essick
John 20:1-18 The last few days have seemed like an eternity as we've reflected on final meals, footwashings, betrayals, brutal beatings, crucifixion, and preparation of Jesus'… read more

St. Patrick's Backstory

By Andrea Murdock
March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. You know, the day when people celebrate being Irish, or pretend to be Irish by wearing green clothes, shamrock glasses, and eating and drinking to … read more

Minimum Wage and Faith

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Minimum Wage Report Predicts Mixed Impact on Workers The federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, was last raised in 2009. As the 2014 congressional elections approach… read more

‘Homeless Jesus’ Provokes Debate on What It Means to Be Christian

By Ken Garfield
DAVIDSON, N.C. (RNS) In a small college town 20 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., "Homeless Jesus" is provoking more conversation than a month of Sunday sermons. The life-size… read more
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