Disastrous Christmas

By Don Underwood
Forty years ago I was the youth minister at a church in a county seat town. There was a strong tradition in this church of providing a live nativity scene every year, and it was… read more

Chaos, Confusion, and Call (Jeremiah 1:1-7)

By Judy Fentress-Williams
Jeremiah 1:1-7 Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams preaching at Alfred Street Baptist Church read more

Listening to Malala as Followers of Christ

By Mike Poteet
Last October gunmen in Pakistan attacked a school bus in the Swat Valley, shooting three teenage schoolgirls. One was then-15-year-old Malala Yousufzai, a vocal advocate for the… read more

Christmas Craziness

By Sharon J. Harding
Christmas is a season of wonder and joy. At least it is supposed to be! For many of us Christmas has become a season of stress and endless to do lists. In my town the Christmas… read more

Worship for Kids: December 29, 2013

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23. The story of the flight into Egypt is the key text for children today. It offers in a story what the other texts explore in… read more

Why I'm Open to Online Communion

By Shane Raynor
Last year I had the pleasure of having lunch with Andy Langford when he was visiting Nashville. Andy is a well-known United Methodist pastor who has been making a few waves in… read more

Convincing Others to Believe

By James W. Miller
I knew there was a college guy out there somewhere settling into a dorm, scoping out the weekend nightlife, and generally not thinking about the fact that his flippant comment… read more

Lessons from the Margins

By Lisa Nichols Hickman
I think that few spiritual practices are as immediate and engaged with Scripture as writing in the margins of the Bible—an act of connecting with and responding to God. Just … read more

Engaging the Storytellers

By Kimberly MacNeill
I call it a story. Maybe you call it a testimony. I used to be part of a church that told people's stories on a regular basis. In a year's time we would hear twenty or more people … read more

Please Write and Doodle

By Betsy Hall
I still have my first two Bibles. My first Bible I received in the third grade but didn't use until seminary. The second Bible (an easier translation to read) I used in college… read more

Joseph’s Dreams

By Brett Younger
Matthew 1:18-25 Saint Joseph is the patron saint of cabinetmakers, confectioners, engineers, immigrants, house hunters, travelers, pioneers, pregnant women, fathers, and married… read more

A Parent's Longing

By Sharon Norris Elliott
Few experiences compare in awesomeness to holding your firstborn child. That moment in that hospital room changed my life forever. I was now personally responsible for another's… read more
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