Two approaches to free speech

By David Staal
My wife, Becky, and I spoke at a children’s ministry conference. After leading four sessions, we felt tired, amazed, and encouraged. The fatigue came from standing for… read more

Progressive Christians can embrace Paul too

By Verdell A. Wright / Religion News Service
(RNS) — As churches struggle to become more inclusive, the Apostle Paul continues to confound. Conservatives champion Paul, quoting his writings to support their arguments… read more

Longing for joy

By Mike Poteet
“Everyone’s So Happy” About a week before Halloween, my 16-year-old son and I were watching TV when we saw the first Christmas-themed commercial of the holiday… read more

The most wasteful time of the year

By Melissa Slocum
Christmas is fast approaching, and so are the mountains of trash Americans produce along with it. Based on EPA figures, it is estimated that Americans generate an extra 25 percent … read more

Love In A Big World: Growing up isn't easy

By Tamara Fyke
My almost twelve-year-old sat curled up on the couch beside me on a Tuesday night. “It’s been a hard week, Mama.” I smiled to myself, as I thought about how the… read more

Called to love

By Jill M. Johnson
Loving humanity Several weeks ago, as I was preparing to go to bed, I saw a commercial for a refugee relief agency on television. All night long I dreamt about and prayed for the… read more

Love In A Big World: Wonder

By Tamara Fyke
The Monday before Thanksgiving, I went with my son and his classmates on a fieldtrip to see the movie Wonder, based on the best-selling book by R.J. Palacio. The students and… read more

Worship for Kids: January 7, 2018

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
Baptism of the Lord The title this Sunday could be, "Oh, what a difference the Holy Spirit makes" to Jesus at his baptism, to the Ephesian disciples at theirs, and to creation… read more

Worship for Kids: December 31, 2017

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
First Sunday After Christmas From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Luke 2:22-40. Because children are interested in babies, they are interested in what happened during this Temple… read more

I'm only human

By Henry E. Roberts
Isaiah 61:10-62:3 We are created as children of God, in God’s own image. When we live our lives in Christ we become joint heirs of all God’s promises. Such truth gives … read more

Finding hope

By Doug Paysour
The spirit of hope Advent, the season preceding Christmas, is a season of hope and expectation. The spirit of hope permeates this season even in the secular stories of our day… read more

Inclusion is within everyone's ability

By Tiffany Manning
Since 1992, each year on December 3rd the United Nations has promoted the observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The purpose of this day is to stimulate… read more
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