Do We Have to Talk about This?

By Chris Andrews
Mark 10:17-31 The great poet and author Carl Sandburg was once asked by a reporter to name the ugliest word he knew. Sandburg is reported to have reflected for several minutes… read more

Keep Christ in Advent

By Robert A. Ratcliff
"Wait," you say; "Didn't you mean 'Keep Christ in Christmas?'" Well, no, I didn't mean that. As we've all suspected and feared, there hasn't been a whole lot of Christ in the… read more

Sermon Options: October 7, 2012

By Ministry Matters
TOUGH FAITH JOB 1:1; 2:1-10 The story of Job is well known, although few of us really want to apply it to our lives so that we can understand painful circumstances. We have the… read more

Integrity in All Things

By Eradio Valverde Jr.
Job 1:1; 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16 At first reading, it might appear that all these lessons from the Old and New Testaments are about marriage. They… read more

Sermon Options: September 30, 2012

By Ministry Matters
THE HUMBLE HEROINE ESTHER 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 This text is surrounded by a truly captivating story: God's people are living in exile, yet God is present with them, directing the… read more

Do Not Forbid

By Thomas Lane Butts
Mark 9:38-50 It started early, that ugly, erosive, and persistent blight on Christianity. You might have thought it would take a generation or two before this selfish idea began… read more

The Teacher’s Achilles Heel

By Philip Wise
James 3:1-12 The teaching profession has always received mixed reviews. Teachers are universally revered. At the same time young people are advised not to become teachers because… read more

Olympics Sermon Ideas and More

By Jessica Miller Kelley
As the number of television stations, websites, and every other diversion increases, it gets harder and harder to find cultural references that most people in your congregation… read more

Unleashing Scripture

By Shane Raynor
In some congregations, the public reading of scripture may be one of the most underdeveloped parts of the worship service. It's not that we don't read the Bible in church. Many… read more

Turning the Other Cheek (and the American Justice System)

By Katie Z. Dawson
Yesterday, the Tuesday morning small group at my church had an interesting conversation. Is it possible or practical to follow the commands of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in… read more

Review: Holy Nomad

By Eric Van Meter
Matt Litton has not arrived yet, and likely never will. That's because arrival means coming to a stop, finding a static place. With Holy Nomad (Abingdon, Sept. 2012), however… read more

Review: The Christian World of The Hobbit

By Eric Van Meter
J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Middle Earth is famously devoid of religious practice. Nonetheless, the world of The Hobbit is—by the author's intention—a decidedly Christian … read more
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