The Christmas Trinity

By Matt Rawle
The Nativity story is a play in three acts revealing to us God’s essence. In the first act Luke sets the story squarely in a real place and time. “In those days a… read more

Worship for Kids: February 14, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Luke 4:1-13. Each of the three temptations Jesus faced invites a rich variety of interpretations. To children, the first temptation is the… read more

Is the star of Bethlehem for real?

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) The famous "star of wonder, star of night," the focus of more than one Christmas song, hangs over every creche and sits atop most Christmas trees. What was the astronomical… read more

Worship for Kids: February 7, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
LAST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANYTRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD From a Child's Point of View We seldom choose to tell children the two stories that are the focal point of today's texts… read more

What are blessings?

By Jill M. Johnson
A tradition of blessings Working at a church has its communication requirements just like any other job, and we send a lot of emails and letters. The stewardship of words is very… read more

The death of pessimism (A reflection on Luke)

By David F. Watson
Two thousand years ago, in a small town in a backwater province on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire, a child was born. His birth was foretold in the prophecy of Isaiah:… read more

Jimmy Carter tells Sunday School class his grandson has died

By USA Today Network
PLAINS, Ga. — Former president Jimmy Carter was late to his Bible study class Sunday morning, something he said never happens as he walked up to the front of the sanctuary… read more

Worship for Kids: January 31, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Jeremiah 1:4-10. God knew Jeremiah before he was born and had a plan for him. God assured Jeremiah that he was capable of following the … read more

Worship for Kids: January 24, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10. Before children can understand all the excitement and tears in this story, they must know what the Law is… read more

Same God?

By Dave Barnhart
When people make claims that Christians and Muslims, or Christians and Jews, or Christians and Zoroastrians, Samaritans, Mormons or Hindus do or do not worship “the same… read more

December sadness and the timing of Christmas

By Christy Thomas
This time of year has always been tough for me, and Christmas is anything but a favorite holiday. In my growing-up years, it was a time of growing tension yearly between my mom… read more

Where the 4 Gospels begin … and how they end

By Talbot Davis
As we dive headlong into the Christmas season and its nativity stories, I have found myself in a couple of different settings explaining how each Gospel begins. Because I believe… read more
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