With a Song in Your Heart

By Ministry Matters
Ephesians 1:3-14 What kind of a song does your heart sing as you go through your days? Almost everyone sings some song. Of course, we may sing different songs from time to time… read more

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

By Ronald J. Allen
The word Advent transliterates the Latin adventus, which means "coming." The season of Advent makes a double-edged theological point. Advent ties together the first and second… read more

Review: The New Testament: Methods and Meanings

By Bromleigh McCleneghan
The New Testament: Methods and Meanings, Warren Carter and Amy-Jill Levine. Abingdon, 2013 I am bored with my preaching, a colleague said to me recently. And if I'm bored, I can… read more

Romans 5 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Robert Jewett
Introduction to These Chapters The relation of Romans 5:1-21 to the rest of the argument of the letter has been clarified in recent decades. Earlier scholars, under the influence… read more

Advent Resurrection

By Don Underwood
The disciples had been sitting around Jerusalem for three days. The crucifixion had wiped out all their hopes and dreams. In their understanding, Jesus was dead and buried, sealed … read more

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?!?

By Melissa Slocum
Thanksgiving is three days away. This annual celebration of turkey and football is the unofficial beginning of the holiday season—six weeks of shopping, baking, traveling… read more

Prayer in a Postmodern World

By Alex Joyner
Talking to "Houston in the Blind" In the recently released Hollywood movie Gravity, some of the most poignant moments are of people floating in space talking into the void in the… read more

Luke 2:1-20 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
The Birth of Jesus (2:1-21) Caesar Augustus was the Roman emperor from 26 B.C. to A.D. 14. Caesar was the title of the ruler and Augustus was the name given him by the Roman… read more

Titus 2:11-14 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
What God Expects from All Christians (2:11-15) With no further explanation, the preceding charges sound like little more than moralisms: You should do. Therefore, verses 11-14… read more

Psalm 96 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
Declare God's Glory (Psalm 96:1) This hymn was written for the annual festival of enthronement of the Lord. The rites are a magnificent drama complete with full splendor and… read more

Isaiah 9:1-21 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
The Messianic King (9:1-7) Verse 1 of chapter 9 indicates that the prophet is moving from judgment to promise in his message to his audience. In the original Hebrew text, this… read more

Breathe Easy

By Andrea Murdock
The National Basketball Association began its regular season a few weeks ago. One player who will be in the spotlight this year is Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett, the … read more
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