Advent Traditions to Try

By Josh Tinley
Christians today have a tendency to get into the Christmas spirit a little earlier than we probably should. Retailers in the United States more than a century ago decided that the … read more

10 Life-Charged Words

By Derek Maul
OK, guys. Gather round close. Let me have a word in your ear. I have a message from God. Ready? God wants to know: "Are you in or are you out?" "What kind of a question is that?"… read more

Worship for Kids: October 7, 2012

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Job 1:1, 2:1-10. Because children hear stories from the Bible literally, they must be told clearly that Job was not a real person that… read more

The Teacher’s Achilles Heel

By Philip Wise
James 3:1-12 The teaching profession has always received mixed reviews. Teachers are universally revered. At the same time young people are advised not to become teachers because… read more

Olympics Sermon Ideas and More

By Jessica Miller Kelley
As the number of television stations, websites, and every other diversion increases, it gets harder and harder to find cultural references that most people in your congregation… read more

Unleashing Scripture

By Shane Raynor
In some congregations, the public reading of scripture may be one of the most underdeveloped parts of the worship service. It's not that we don't read the Bible in church. Many… read more

Turning the Other Cheek (and the American Justice System)

By Katie Z. Dawson
Yesterday, the Tuesday morning small group at my church had an interesting conversation. Is it possible or practical to follow the commands of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in… read more

The Lowliness of God

By Jan Johnson
What picture comes to mind when you hear this phrase: a homeless refugee with a price on his head? That description fits the baby Jesus held tightly by his parents fleeing in the… read more

Review: Holy Nomad

By Eric Van Meter
Matt Litton has not arrived yet, and likely never will. That's because arrival means coming to a stop, finding a static place. With Holy Nomad (Abingdon, Sept. 2012), however… read more

Review: The Christian World of The Hobbit

By Eric Van Meter
J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Middle Earth is famously devoid of religious practice. Nonetheless, the world of The Hobbit is—by the author's intention—a decidedly Christian … read more

Samson: The Weak Side of the Strong Man

By Joshua Young
We all know the basic story of Samson and Delilah from Judges 13-16. We all know that eventually long-haired Samson tells her the secret to his strength and she hands him over the … read more

Guilt or Grace?

By Tim Gossett
Pizza, soft drinks and cheese doodles. Throw in some crazy activities and you have the perfect ingredients for a youth night. But youth are very perceptive, and they will pick up… read more
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