By Joseph Yoo
I think I can sum up my life — particularly my spiritual life — in one word: distracted. One Sunday, I had a church council meeting after the service and then a… read more

How to Have a Great Weekend

By Chad Brooks
Welcome to this episode of The Productive Pastor. I have some great resources to share, great conversations and a great announcement. The focus conversation this episode is having … read more

Worship for Kids: July 27, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Genesis 29:15-28. In the story of Jacob's weddings to Leah and Rachel, Jacob meets his match in Laban, who tricks him just as Jacob had … read more

Adopted by God

By Chris J. Hayes
Romans 8:12-25 I do not think there is a more beautiful image of God’s love for us than the image of adoption. I have a friend, Tina, who was adopted. She tells me of her… read more

Moving God

By Shane Raynor
What kinds of things do you pray for? Only the impossible stuff? Things over which you have absolutely no control? What about requests that are "safe"? The things we pray for are… read more

A Generous Harvest

By Timothy L. Owings
When we think of the parables Jesus told, the parable of the prodigal son and the good Samaritan come quickly to mind. My hunch is the parable of the sower would be third on our… read more

When You Feel Hopeless

By Kimberly MacNeill
Read: Romans 4:19-25, then go to God in prayer—share with the Lord the places in your life that feel hopeless to you, allow for a time of silence to listen. read more

Don't Forget Dad!

By Melissa Slocum
Father's Day—a day we celebrate our dads, step-dads, grandfathers, and all men who are father figures in our lives. While the origins of Father's Day are disputed, it was… read more

A Weed by Any Other Color...

By Neal Bowes
We all know the dandelion. It's a pretty flower to children, a nuisance to Dad's lawn, and an invasive weed to farmers. Now that the weather is warmer, we see them sprouting up… read more

Why I Marched on McDonald's

By William J. Barber II
(RNS) Recently, I marched with McDonald's workers from three dozen cities to the company's corporate headquarters outside of Chicago. After they refused to leave the corporate… read more

The Real Reason Men Aren’t Singing in Church

By Tom Fuerst
I read an article recently claiming to have discovered the real reason men are singing less in church these days. I’m not sure if there’s really any objective… read more

Worship for Kids: July 20, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Genesis 28:10-19a. Children need help to understand this seemingly simple story. First, the context needs elaboration. Jacob, on his… read more
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