Duck Dynasty, Defrockings, and Free Speech

By Shane Raynor
There are two big stories blowing up on social media right now, both related to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The most widely discussed one involves the star of the popular … read more

How to Use A Disciple's Journal

By Steven W. Manskar
A Disciple's Journal is a guide for witnessing to Jesus Christ in the world and following his teachings through acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion under the… read more

Gifts and Prayers

By Leanne Ciampa Hadley
They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. Then they opened their treasure chests and presented him with gifts of… read more

Heartbeat

By Rueben P. Job
Once when I was responsible for my grandchild's bedtime and naptime. I discovered a practice that almost guaranteed a successful time of rest. When I held him with his head near… read more

Material Possessions and Christians

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
Prized Possessions or Junk? Mary and Stephen Smith had lived in a farmhouse they inherited from Mary's mother, Sophie Turner. With the house had come all of Sophie's… read more

Worship for Kids: January 19, 2014

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

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 without… read more

Firsts, Lasts, and In Betweens

By Tricia Brown
"There's a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1 I have a Cars cartoon sticker in my wallet. It's been there for a few weeks now… read more

Christ-Centered Celebrations

By Tricia Brown
Christmas is full of parties. Children often have Christmas parties at school. Parents have work-sponsored holiday events. Churches sometimes host Christmas celebrations. And… read more

Keeping Christ in Christmas, Or Not

By Tricia Brown
…"Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David's city. He is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11 I have noticed … read more

If Jesus Isn't White, What Does He Look Like?

By Matt O'Reilly
You've probably heard by now that Fox News host Megyn Kelly has gotten herself into a bit of a racial controversy for claiming that Santa Claus and Jesus were both white. The… read more

Lead Like a Hobbit

By Ben Kendrick
Over seventy-five years after the initial publication of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson is back with the second of three films following young Bilbo Baggins … read more
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