Advent and the grace of delayed gratification

By Christopher Edmonston
Years ago, I had a friend who taught me about celebrating the deep grace of ordinary things. The insatiable marketing machinery that frames so much of our lives has gradually… read more

Archaeologists: Monks made up legends about King Arthur’s burial site

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Twelfth-century Roman Catholic monks with their eyes fixed on the equivalent of medieval cash registers were responsible for spreading the story that… read more

Physical activity and faith

By Mike Poteet
The physical inactivity pandemic A dangerous disease threatens almost a third of the human race. There’s a significant chance you are among its victims. This disease… read more

Prayer: What is it good for?

By Kira Schlesinger
Absolutely nothing. Or so the swift backlash said after the initial outpouring of thoughts and prayers after the massacres in Paris and the ensuing spotlight on the Syrian refugee … read more

Sermon Options: December 27, 2015

By Ministry Matters
A REASON TO KEEP GROWING 1 SAMUEL 2:18-20, 26 A person who has a purpose for which to live has a reason to keep growing. And when a person keeps growing, life becomes an… read more

Who are those remarkable children?

By Tracy Hartman
1 Samuel 2:18-20; Luke 2:41-52 Picture in your mind a child you know who is remarkable. It can be your own child, or someone else’s—but focus your mind’s eye on… read more

Losing stinks! But winning isn't everything

By Paul Bonner
Everyone loves to lose; it always feels great. NOT! Losing stinks (or insert a more appropriate word)! That’s what Zachary Hougland must have thought when his cross-country… read more

Adam Hamilton and the Gospel of John

By Shane Raynor
Recently Adam Hamilton and I had an in-depth conversation about the Gospel of John on the set where Adam filmed the video sessions accompanying his new book John: The Gospel… read more

Beyond Bethlehem: Hope for refugees this Christmas

By Mike Slaughter
This Christmas, Jesus followers across the country have an incredible opportunity to celebrate Jesus’ birthday in a way that truly honors him as we focus together on the… read more

Eating disorders

By Katie Shockley
What is an eating disorder? For many of us, the holiday season brings thoughts of friends, family, parties, and large meals. We look forward to the traditional holiday dishes… read more

For Syrian refugees, faith groups want a U.S. welcome mat

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) Religious groups are pushing back against a wave of opposition toward Syrian refugees, and working to preserve the U.S. as a haven for them. “We’re really in… read more

Without welcoming refugees, there is no Christian faith

By Zack Hunt
I’ve been unplugged for most of the past week. When I heard about the Paris attacks, I was packing up for a 2 week trip to Nashville. I spent the next day driving… read more
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