Loving the church

By Melissa Spoelstra
I can honestly say, I love our church. I don’t mean the building (it kinda smells because its old and its a place we rent that is a preschool during the week.) I’m… 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

Worship for Kids: October 23, 2016

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

4 reasons people you lead may not want to learn or grow

By Ron Edmondson
I’ve learned that in leadership you can’t teach someone who doesn’t want to learn or grow personally. Perhaps you’ve tried. I have. I see one of my jobs as … read more

Thoughtful Pastor: Birth control, barrenness and God's curse

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have family members who believe that using birth control is sinful because children are a blessing from God. They believe that people who use birth… read more

Worship for Kids: October 16, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:27-34. The detailed and varied poetic images in verses 27-28 make it essential that the liturgist explain directly that… read more

Hopeful expectation

By John D.I. Essick
Jeremiah 31:27-34 We love to count and rank events, people, athletes, books, and so on. It seems that just about any time I turn on ESPN or wait in line at the supermarket, I am… read more

Using the Lord's Prayer to connect to God

By Corey Francis
“Our Father, who art in heaven…..” Thus starts the most famous prayer in the Bible. It’s stated twice by Jesus, both in times of instruction. And, we… read more

A moment can change everything...so wait for it

By David Staal
Hope is easy to share. At least that’s what Karen, a retired but still energetic administrator in Iowa discovered. She said yes to volunteer as a mentor based on two facts:… read more

United Methodists and grace

By Jim Hawkins
Our doctrinal heritage “Grace pervades our understanding of Christian faith and life,” according to the section on distinctive Wesleyan emphases of “Our… read more

'Tis the season: How religion and politics mix

By James C. Howell
Read Rev. Howell's previous 'Tis the Season articles covering the 2016 election here. Miss Manners taught that there are two subjects to avoid in polite conversation:… read more

The morality of money and partisan politics

By Mike Slaughter
In the final months leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, candidates are unveiling their economic strategies. The media has speculated throughout this campaign cycle… read more
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