The End... or the Beginning?

By Dave Barnhart
(An Advent sermon, updated for this latest apocalypse.) Mark 13:24-37 We love the end of the world. We love telling stories about how it all ends. Just go to the movies during the … read more

5 Critical Mistakes for Ministers

By Ministry Matters
1. Doing Everything Yourself You have to learn to delegate and give up the unrealistic expectation of perfection. You will only burn yourself out and rob others of the opportunity … read more

Only a Clown

By Ronnie McBrayer
A few months ago I was sitting outside of a café in Orlando, Florida. As much as anywhere, Orlando is a crossroads of the world. Watching and listening, we saw European… read more

What If Judas Had Waited?

By Adam Hamilton
When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. He said, "I have sinned by… read more

Review: Preaching God's Transforming Justice

By Patricia Farris
From the Preface of Preaching God's Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, Year C: "We send this book forward with the prayer that God will use it to help recreate the… read more

Exorcising Demons

By Adam Hamilton
He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there… read more

God’s Powerful Promise!

By Robert Gorrell
Isaiah 62:1-5 During the First Gulf War, a young husband from our small-town church was called up to serve. While he was in Iraq his wife had a very public affair. Upon returning… read more

Righteousness that Surpasses the Pharisees

By Adam Hamilton
I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20 NRSV) The Sermon on the Mount seems, at… read more

Who Are Your Stretcher-Bearers?

By Adam Hamilton
When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door;… read more

Suspending the Laws of Physics

By Adam Hamilton
Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, 'He will… read more

Heaven on Earth (Sermon Series)

By Chris Seidman and Joshua Graves
An 11-week sermon series on the Beatitudes, based on the book Heaven on Earth: Realizing the Good Life Now, by Chris Seidman and Joshua Graves Every so often we hear of fighter… read more

Chasing After the Heart of God

By Jennie Allen
Three years ago, my husband and I began the long journey of adopting our son, Cooper, from Rwanda. It was a lengthy, costly journey to fill that bed with our child. In May of… read more
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