Top Five Reasons to Volunteer in the Children's Ministry

By Tricia Brown
Maybe you're a parent of young children, and you want a break. Maybe you're a senior citizen and feel as if you have already done your part. Perhaps you are a young adult and feel … read more

After Prison

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Forging a New Path The number of men and women being released from prison has soared in recent decades, with approximately 1,700 people leaving prison each day, according to a… read more

Hospitality

By Michael W. Waters
Hospitality is always in season, and honey is a symbol of radical hospitality for me. The coming of spring brought with it the usual chorus of sneezes and coughs. The visual… read more

Isaiah 9:1-4

By Terrell M. McDaniel
Read Isaiah 9:1-4 Isaiah announces new possibilities for Israel as the formerly obscure possibilities emerge in the light of God. Isaiah notes a contrast between the former days… read more

Creativity and Faith

By Jill M. Johnson
Inspired Disciple or Bored Christian? It's easy to argue that in order to value the Christian tradition, one must also value creativity. In fact, to have faith is in itself an… read more

A Conversation with Michael Waters

By Janice Neely, Michael W. Waters
Explain the word Freestyle and how it fits the content of your book. Michael: In hip-hop culture, freestyle occurs when a rapper or MC performs spontaneous, unrehearsed lyrics… read more

A Truth About Sin

By Raquel Mull
Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12) One characteristic I notice about children is their complete, and many times unsolicited, honesty, until they are taught some social norms. I can remember… read more

How to Teach with Authority

By Shane Raynor
There was something about the way Jesus taught that was different from the way other teachers did it at the time. In the Gospel of Mark, when Jesus went to the synagogue in… read more

Quick Links for Lent

By Ministry Matters
We've created bins to make planning for Lent and Easter easier for you. Share the links with your worship planning team or small group leaders. If you've never celebrated Lent the … read more

The Resounding Call to Dream

By Jerrod Hugenot
This weekend, many Americans gather to celebrate the civic holiday in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. Dr. King had many ties to the American Baptist Churches/USA… read more

Affluenza and Apathy

By Andrea Murdock
Last summer a 16-year-old Texas boy stole some beer, drank it with his buddies, then—with his blood-alcohol level way above the legal limit—got behind the wheel of his … read more

Want More Faith? Start Listening

By Shane Raynor
If you want to start a lively discussion, just bring up the subject of faith. Not faith in the religion sense (What faith do you belong to?), but faith meaning belief or trust… read more
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