Praying in a Noisy World

By Rueben P. Job
It was a mystical moment for Peter, James, and John as they saw Jesus transformed before their eyes and then saw him speaking to Moses and elijah. They were so moved by their… read more

Sacred Edges

By Lisa Nichols Hickman
To live sacred lives requires that we liveat the edge of what we do not know.Anne Hillman Blank Spaces The invitation...is, at its simplest, to pick up a pen and write in the… read more

Dear Pastors: Guard Your Online Pulpit

By Chad Holtz
My news feed has blown up over the last two days over two stories about the same thing: human sexuality. Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson was suspended from his reality TV show… read more

Psalm 130

By Simon Peter Iredale
This dramatic psalm has been a favorite even among those with no professed belief in God. It has been set to music many times and lurks thematically behind many pieces of art. I… read more

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple

By Lou Hornberger
Luke 2:25-38 A day after world leaders, celebrities, and royalty gathered to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, it was the people's turn to see their beloved leader. They came by the… read more

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
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