Steps in the right direction

By Brett Younger
Matthew 4:12-23 The crucial moments in which we choose directions for our lives aren’t usually marked with caution signs, bright red flags, or even the feeling that we are… read more

2016: Looking back / looking forward

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Major news events of 2016 Our days often pass so quickly that it’s difficult to remember what happened last month, let alone one year ago. As we look toward the new year, we … read more

Celebrating hope

By Rose Taylor
Many traditions have been established around the celebration of the new year, as well as many superstitions. For example, making resolutions is a New Year’s Day tradition… read more

A passion for justice

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
The whole gospel When I entered Candler School of Theology at Emory University, I was assigned as a work-study secretary to retired bishop John Owen Smith, the “Churchman in … read more

Why the new 'Star Wars' movie could use some moral clarity

By Charles C. Camosy / Religion News Service
(RNS) The headline in Time Magazine referred to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as “efficient and gray.” The Huffington Post kicked it up a notch claiming… read more

Christmas: Herod in trouble

By William H. Willimon
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the newborn king of… read more

Not alone

By Paul Bonner
On a seemingly normal trip to the grocery store, something extraordinary happened; a bit kindred you might say. It was four-year-old Norah’s birthday, and she shared her joy … read more

Worship for Kids: January 15, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 49:1-7. Within this complicated "servant song" are several themes that are important to children but which children will not… read more

Come and see

By Brett Younger
John 1:29-42 How would your life be different if you were not a Christian? For some of us who have lived surrounded by Christian people, it’s hard to imagine, but what if… read more

The first step

By Brett Younger
Matthew 3:13-17 We don’t think about it much, but for most of us, one thing that brings us to church on Sunday is the fact that we were baptized. Some of us were baptized… read more

Worship for Kids: January 8, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17. Children easily follow the action in this story as it is read. When they are reminded that one purpose of baptism is naming… read more

Is the War on Christmas over yet?

By Joseph Yoo
One of the most annoying things that come out of the Christmas season is the so-called “War on Christmas” narrative that dominates news and social media feeds. The… read more
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