Love Yourself...Please!

By Kasey Hitt
Why? Because we really do end up loving (or not loving) others the way we love (or don't love) ourselves. Talk to me about loving you? This often comes up with folks … read more

The Dave Test

By Walter Brueggemann
Fred Schmidt is a thoughtful, compelling, insightful theologian who has done all the necessary homework of his craft. But that is not what interests us here. What interests us… read more

Saved by Blood

By Marjorie L. Kimbrough
What if you have been in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya when al Queda- affiliated militants attached? What would you have done? I'm not sure how resourceful I would have… read more

Worship for Kids: October 27, 2013

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Joel 2:23-32. This passage includes two rather distinct sections. The first (vss. 23-27) is Joel's prediction of the end of the locust… read more

When the Spirit of God Shows Up

By Philip Wise
Joel 2:23-32 There is much in life that is unpredictable—our health, world affairs, and the behavior of others to name three. This unpredictability becomes significant only… read more

Beyond the Broken Heart: A Journey Through Grief

By Betsy Hall
We all experience grief at some point in our lives. Calendar dates can be a painful reminder of the loss of a loved one. Birthdays, anniversary dates, and the actual date a loved… read more

Blessing of the Animals

By Betsy Hall
St. Francis of Assisi is known for his love of animals and nature, on or around the date of his feast day (Oct. 4th) churches plan a worship service called the Blessing of the… read more

Ten Tips for Introducing Your Child to Worship

By Ministry Matters
1. Attend a child-friendly church. A church that invites children to attend worship, that has a children's time during worship or a service in which children are included, will… read more

Review: Youth Ministry

By Eric Van Meter
David Olshine, a veteran youth pastor with more than thirty years on the job, sees plenty wrong with American youth ministry. The primary question in his latest book, however, is… read more

Jerome Berryman and Godly Play

By Dirk deVries
Godly Play is what Jerome Berryman calls his interpretation of Montessori religious education. It is an imaginative approach to working with children, an approach that supports… read more

Calvin vs Wesley

By Shane Raynor
Calvin vs Wesley from Shane Raynor on Vimeo. These are some of my initial thoughts on the new book Calvin vs Wesley by Don Thorsen. Shane Raynor is an editor at Ministry Matters… read more

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

By Tricia Brown
I recently read a mother's post on Facebook regarding her young son. It said, "Ethan just drew what he said was a spider, then got scared and ran from it. I had to erase it for… read more
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