The Future Is Now

By Kevin Alton
Stephen Hawking is worried about the future. When Stephen Hawking is worried about the future, we all should be worried about the future. In an online article posted May 1, the… read more

Worship for Kids: June 29, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View The story of Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac is frightening for worshipers of any age, but particularly for children,. who are totally dependent… read more

Keep Sowing Seeds

By Neal Bowes
In Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23, Jesus shares and explains his Parable of the Sower. The point of the story is that the seeds being sown can only take root and grow into a strong plant… read more

Lasts

By Eric Van Meter
Last week was, for me, a week of lasts. Last goodbyes with several friends before we move. Last mission trip with my ASU students. Along with that, the last Tour de Faith bike… read more

Should Conservatives Oppose the Death Penalty?

By Clifton Stringer
The Boston Globe's Leon Neyfakh reports, in a May 25 story ("The conservative case against the death penalty"), on opposition to the death penalty from within the Republican… read more

Make a Big Deal About Pentecost!

By Susan Cox-Johnson
Make a big deal about Pentecost! Pentecost, the "birthday of the church," celebrates God's sending of the Holy Spirit, creating understanding and unity among the early followers… read more

Rolling a Joint, a Metaphor for a Nation Losing Its Way

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) I am sweating on the treadmill when a young man walks onto the patio outside my window, sits at a table and spreads out his drug paraphernalia. He folds a piece of white… read more

Learning Why We Do: Bible Study and the Wisdom of Love

By Chris Chakoian
Every congregation enjoys signature strengths. When I came to serve in Lake Forest, Illinois, eight years ago, I discovered a church that "gets it" about mission with profound… read more

Worship for Kids: June 22, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Genesis 21:8-21. Children are bothered by the casting out of Ishmael, as they will be bothered by next week's story of the near… read more

Anticipating Pentecost

By Kay Huggins
The story of Pentecost is one of the best known stories of the New Testament. As with the beloved stories of the Gospels— such as the Good Samaritan, the Last Supper, and… read more

Review: Cryptomnesia-how a forgotten memory could save the church

By Eric Van Meter
With the church in crisis, traditional religion on the decline, and technology both shrinking and  flattening our experience of the world, pastor and author Christine Chakoian… read more

Permissiveness and Authoritarianism

By Hal Hamilton
Psalm 78 is a favorite Psalm. It comes as close to anything I have seen in Scripture for providing a game plan for passing the faith to the next generation. We use those… read more
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