God Said It . . . And that Unsettles It

By Ronnie McBrayer
God said it, I believe it, and that settles it." This slogan is one of today's all too common bumper sticker defenses of the Bible. The phrase is sometimes amended to read, "God… read more

Restorative Justice

By Erik Alsgaard
A First Step Josh Brent, a football player for the Dallas Cowboys, was driving drunk in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 8, 2012. He was speeding, hit a curb, and the … read more

Extra Questions: Our Common Sins

By Ministry Matters
1. Denial Mark 14:27-31, 66-72 Would you describe Peter's assertion in Mark 14:29 as arrogant, over-confident, or both? What other words describe what he said about the other… read more

Extra Questions: Women of the Bible

By Ministry Matters
1. Deborah Judges 4:1-24 Author James Harnish writes that the story of Deborah is the kind of story that causes many thoughtful people to reject the Old Testament. Why do you… read more

Deborah, Barak, and Jael

By Ministry Matters
Someone altogether unfamiliar with the Bible, reading the gospels of Matthew and John, would soon realize that two writers are telling the same story in a different way. in the… read more

4 Names: Mary Magdalene, Philip, Lazarus, and Peter

By Adam Thomas
If you've ever been to a Bible study that I've led, then you know that I have a lot of favorite scenes in the Gospel according to John. But John 20:1-18 is easily in the top… read more

You Are Already Praying

By Cathy H. George
In its ancient, monastic form, prayer was what a monk or nun did in chapel—and when they set out from chapel, their prayer continued in the office, study, field, classroom… read more

Community Baccalaureate Service

By Katie Z. Dawson
One of the ways that local churches can be in ministry with their community is to be aware of the transitions that others are experiencing. One of those "endings" my local church… read more

Dealing With Children's Hard Questions

By Ellen Shepard
The Lenten and Easter seasons are the most holy seasons we celebrate in the church. Each Sunday is cele­brated as a "little Easter." We call ourselves "Easter people." We… read more

Strong Families

By Nancy Ferguson
What Is a Family? Families are the core social group of all societies, and all human beings have them. We may love them or wish we didn't have to eat Thanksgiving dinner with… read more

Jesus on Sin

By David Dorn
Sin is serious. Jesus treats it like a disease. We should too. When a group of friends brought a paralyzed man to Jesus to be healed, Jesus deemed the man's sin condition as being … read more

Internet Safety Resources

By Delia Halverson
Resources and ideas for planning a class to help adults learn ways to keep kids safe on the internet. Local church hosted classes: Child Safety and Internet Safety for Families… read more
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