Dealing with Disappointment

By Tricia Brown
"I'm so disappointed in you." I imagine that most parents have at least thought those words in regards to their children, even if they haven't said them. Maybe it was when: Your… read more

Should Year-End Giving Feel Weird?

By Jeff Anderson
Last week, a development leader of a $100 million-a-year ministry shared with me that 60% of their annual budget would be received in the last three months of the year, and much… read more

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

By Ronald J. Allen
The word Advent transliterates the Latin adventus, which means "coming." The season of Advent makes a double-edged theological point. Advent ties together the first and second… read more

Romans 5 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Robert Jewett
Introduction to These Chapters The relation of Romans 5:1-21 to the rest of the argument of the letter has been clarified in recent decades. Earlier scholars, under the influence… read more

The Wesleyan Way

By Scott J. Jones
[I]n the spring of 1978, I had finally resolved my spiritual search and had become a Christian. I had even started seminary, because I sensed that the church was a good thing and… read more

Recognize and Help Victims of Domestic Violence

By Zachary Summerlin, Lindsay Leverett
In April 2009, Charles "Chuck" Colson, addressed the issue of domestic violence in the church with a frightening account of what happens when ministers minimize the danger and… read more

Valuing Your Calling

By Kimberly Dunnam Reisman
Recognizing and responding to the call of Jesus is what we call discipleship. It involves listening to God's voice and following where that voice leads us. Let's explore the call… read more

Are You Living the "Just Get By" Plan?

By Betsy Hall
In his new book Dare to Dream, Mike Slaughter wants you (and me) to discern what our God-Sized Mission Statements are and he won't be content until our children and youth have one … read more

Advent Resurrection

By Don Underwood
The disciples had been sitting around Jerusalem for three days. The crucifixion had wiped out all their hopes and dreams. In their understanding, Jesus was dead and buried, sealed … read more

Worship for Kids: Epiphany Sunday 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12. The details of this story are often missed in children's Christmas pageants, when wise men simply follow the star to the… read more

Worship for Kids: Christmas 2 (Year A)

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: John 1:1-18. Though "the Word," "the light," and "the life" in this poem are too abstract for children, the poem has the answer to questions… read more

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?!?

By Melissa Slocum
Thanksgiving is three days away. This annual celebration of turkey and football is the unofficial beginning of the holiday season—six weeks of shopping, baking, traveling… read more
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