Devotions for Animal Lovers

By Kim McLean
In honor of World Animal Day—not conincidentally, also animal loving saint Francis of Assisi's feast day—enjoy these devotions from the newly released Paws to Reflect: … read more

Speaking of Dying

By Fred B. Craddock
Why can we not talk honestly and openly about dying, in our churches and in the surrounding world? The preeminence of medical science and advanced technology, which have led to… read more

Does the Bible Contradict Itself?

By Robert A. Ratcliff
In the church where I grew up, claiming that the Bible contradicted itself was the second-worst thing you could say (the worst thing was to suggest that everybody, not just our… read more

Fifty Shades of Reality

By Shannon Ethridge
My friend Natalie was the first to alert me to the existence of the Fifty Shades of Grey fiction trilogy by E L James. Through a brief email she asked, "Have you seen this? It's… read more

Reclaiming Youth

By Melissa Lauber
An Exodus of Young People Proverbs 22:6 is clear: "Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won't depart from it." However, in recent years, the church… read more

Ministers Matter (the blog tour!)

By Ministry Matters
October is Clergy Appreciation Month, and Ministry Matters is kicking it off with a blog tour celebrating all the unsung heroes of ministry. We've asked some of your favorite… read more

Don't Define Your Neighbors, Love Them

By Ronnie McBrayer
A religious leader came to Jesus with a question. "If loving God and loving my neighbor is the totality of religious and spiritual requirement, then tell me Jesus, who is my… read more

Lesson #4: Figuring Out What is Right and Deciding to Do It

By Devin Brown
In Tolkien's fiction, although the moral decisions characters must make are often complex and therefore difficult, there is always a choice that is right—not just right for… read more

The Christian World of The Hobbit

By Devin Brown
Author Devin Brown has also written a five-part series, "Five Faith Lessons from The Hobbit" — Perfect for discussing with youth or adult small groups after seeing the new… read more

Lesson #2: Strange Help in The Hobbit

By Devin Brown
In chapter ten, Bilbo looks out over the landscape as he floats downriver on the raft of barrels. Soon the trees of Mirkwood thin out and come to an end, the lands open wide, and… read more

Lesson #1: No Such Thing as Luck

By Devin Brown
Seeing God's Providence in the Events Around You The word luck appears twenty-five times in The Hobbit, luckily is used eleven times, and the word lucky nine times. We find these… read more

Goldfish Grace

By Max Lucado
I've been thinking about grace lately. The word is everywhere. My friend named his daughter Grace. A singer sang Amazing Grace in a talent show last week. I read about a… read more
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