Difficult Words

By Allan R. Bevere
Sometimes it's best to get the offering before the sermon. At least that's the advice I'd give if one is going to preach like John the Baptist. We begin wedding services with the… read more

Power to Live Up to Our Name

By J. Ellsworth Kalas
Several years ago an older woman said, "I'd like to call myself a Christian, but I don't really feel I'm good enough." I tried to explain that, theologically speaking, goodness… read more

When God Finally Speaks

By Ryan Wilson
Job 38:1-11 When people hear the name Job, it's amazing to me how many talk about his patience. Maybe they have read the book of James in the New Testament and taken his… read more

God's Chosen Children

By Wendy Joyner
In my years as a pastor, one of the most wonderful things I have experienced is watching new families begin their lives together. I have celebrated the announcement of… read more

A Very Mixed Bunch

By David Lowes Watson
One glance at the average congregation on a Sunday morning makes clear that Christians are a very mixed bunch. Without the grace of Christ to bring us together each week, few of… read more

It's Jesus, Stupid: Getting the Trinity Right

By Robert A. Ratcliff
O.k. you preachers, gut-check time. Lift your hand if you're not planning to preach on the Trinity this Trinity Sunday. O.k., now lift 'em if you didn't know that Trinity Sunday… read more

Sermon Options: June 17, 2012

By Ministry Matters
Seeing People as God Does 1 Samuel 15:34–16:13 We see the outside of people; God sees the inside. We see the body; God sees the heart. It wasn't difficult for Samuel to… read more

The Beauty of Boundaries

By Tricia Brown
There's nothing like getting dragged out of bed at 7am in the morning to run barefoot through the yard chasing two rambunctious puppies. Just ask my nine-year-old son. That's what … read more

Preaching on Parenting

By Dave Stone
Feeling a little unqualified to preach on parenting? Take heart. Jesus did it and so can you. Once there was a preacher who had no children, who preached a series of sermons… read more

Kingdom Seeds

By Ryan Wilson
Mark 4:26-34 Jesus taught the crowds using parables. In our parables today, we see that Jesus used everyday agricultural language to talk about God. In the first parable, he… read more

Sermon Series: Serpentine Tales

By Dan R. Dick
3 Week Series Week 1: The Subtleties of Serpentry Genesis 3:1-7 From youngest childhood, we develop the love for a good story. Few things can transport us to other places and… read more

Animal Sacrifice and Christ's Resurrection

By Clifton Stringer, Lindsey Foster Stringer
Christian Reflections on Killing and Eating (or Not) Our dear friend Barry, who went to seminary with Clifton, sometimes prayed like this before church function meals. "We give… read more
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