The Divine Wonder of the Scriptures

By Clifton Stringer
The words of 1 Peter seemed to come alive before me, shimmering with light and truth right there on the page. They were drawing my heart beyond the material world and into divine… read more

You Choose Your Child's Religion

By Nurya Love Parish
KJ Dell'Antonia of the New York Times Motherlode blog has a post: "Children, Choosing Their Religion." Here are a few salient quotes: "There's nothing wrong with raising children… read more

Teaching to Reality Not Our Assumptions

By Ed Trimmer
Just back from doing a weekend training event with lay people, certified lay ministry candidates, local pastors, and pastors serving United Methodist churches who are not United… read more

Accentuate the Positive

By Barbara Bruce
This is the first of an alphabetical look at strategies for successful aging. I need to stress the importance of a positive attitude as we age. My grandmother always said, my… read more

The Prayer of Prayers 4

By Simon Peter Iredale
Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. The power of those simple words 'daily bread' as we reflect upon them seems… read more

Rely on God

By Malawi Publishing Team
by Andrew Shuwawu, 19 Zomba Circuit Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! for it is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'" Then the devil left him, and… read more

New Medieval Bible Meditation: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

By Clifton Stringer
Fourth Sunday in LentMarch 30, 2014 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (Revised Common & Episcopal); 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 (Roman Catholic) At the literal level, this scripture tells the… read more

Rhyming Lord's Prayer for Kids

By Jessica Miller Kelley
God so holy, full of grace,make the world a better place.Give us the food we need for today.Forgive us our wrongs when we go astray.Help us always to do good,and love others, like … read more

Losing Jesus?

By John D.I. Essick
John 20:1-18 The last few days have seemed like an eternity as we've reflected on final meals, footwashings, betrayals, brutal beatings, crucifixion, and preparation of Jesus'… read more

St. Patrick's Backstory

By Andrea Murdock
March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. You know, the day when people celebrate being Irish, or pretend to be Irish by wearing green clothes, shamrock glasses, and eating and drinking to … read more

Minimum Wage and Faith

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Minimum Wage Report Predicts Mixed Impact on Workers The federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, was last raised in 2009. As the 2014 congressional elections approach… read more

‘Homeless Jesus’ Provokes Debate on What It Means to Be Christian

By Ken Garfield
DAVIDSON, N.C. (RNS) In a small college town 20 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., "Homeless Jesus" is provoking more conversation than a month of Sunday sermons. The life-size… read more
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