How Far Is Heaven?

By Ronnie McBrayer
Jesus never described the gospel as an escape hatch, whereby we can exchange his current world for a spiritual retreat far away. Never. Rather, his gospel was: "God's kingdom is… read more

With My Arms Spread Wide

By Adam Thomas
Imagine with me a letter written by Simon the Pharisee some years after the events described in Luke 13:31-35. Simon, a servant of the Lord God, to Judith, my dearest sister and… read more

God Said It . . . And that Unsettles It

By Ronnie McBrayer
God said it, I believe it, and that settles it." This slogan is one of today's all too common bumper sticker defenses of the Bible. The phrase is sometimes amended to read, "God… read more

Dinner with Jesus

By William H. Willimon
It's odd, even for the odd Gospel of John. Jesus is in Bethany entertained by his good friends Mary and Martha. (John 12:1-11.) John casually remarks that Lazarus, whom Jesus has… read more

Hearing the Noise

By Karen Hudson
The scene is a children's Sunday school room. Ten or twelve children, three to seven years old, sit on the floor around the minister of music. She has handed out an array of… read more

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
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