Restorative Justice

By Erik Alsgaard
A First Step Josh Brent, a football player for the Dallas Cowboys, was driving drunk in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 8, 2012. He was speeding, hit a curb, and the … read more

Deborah, Barak, and Jael

By Ministry Matters
Someone altogether unfamiliar with the Bible, reading the gospels of Matthew and John, would soon realize that two writers are telling the same story in a different way. in the… read more

While It Was Still Dark

By Mary Harris Todd
Mary Magdalene stepped carefully through the darkness. Although she could not see well or far ahead, her eyes were adapted to the dark. It was not as though there were no light at … read more

Sermon Options: Easter Sunday 2013

By Ministry Matters
BEYOND EXAGGERATION! ISAIAH 65:17-25 In this seemingly unlikely Easter text, Isaiah is forecasting a new age of salvation. This was a welcomed word to the many Judeans who had… read more

Fight or Flight?

By Karen Hudson
Isaiah 65:17-25 Supposedly, the "fight vs. flight" instinct is one of the most basic wirings in our brains, helping us decide how to act in the face of danger in order to optimize … read more

Can Faith Guarantee Success?

By Philip Wise
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Have you ever wanted something so badly that you offered God a deal? I've talked with many people who have. Middle-aged folks, who have never married but… read more

Living in the Season

By Sarah McGiverin
Our Lenten disciplines and programs are in full swing, and our sermons and Bible studies are keeping our congregations in the wilderness on the slow approach to Holy Week. But for … read more

Sermon Options: Palm/Passion Sunday 2013

By Ministry Matters
WHEN THE DECK IS STACKED ISAIAH 50:4-9a There is a popular type of movie in which a character played by Sly Stallone or Bruce Willis willingly goes into a situation fighting… read more

The Samaritan Woman and Nicodemus

By Thomas R. Steagald
There is a hunger deep in every heart, a deep craving for forgiveness and hope, a sense that our best days are not all behind us, that God has not given up on us even if we have… read more

Rehearsing Before You Preach

By Lewis Parks
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, told preachers who had trouble pronouncing certain words to listen to those who pronounced them correctly, then read those… read more

Jump at de Sun

By Christine A. Smith
All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they… read more

Why Read the Apocrypha?

By David A. deSilva
The label "Apocrypha" is generally given to a particular collection of Jewish writings composed between 250 BCE and 100 CE. Some of these were originally written in Hebrew or… read more
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