Fielding the Mormon Question

By Eric Van Meter
"Pastor, what do you think about Mormons?" It's a question in the same category as queries about scientology or sexuality, one that derails small groups and blindsides pastors in… read more

Disciples in an Election Season

By Ben Gosden
I guess I can't really help it, but every four years I follow political races like they're sporting events. Now you must know that my interest comes from the fact that my… read more

Hallowing Halloween

By Ron Mills
The calendar page turns from September to October. Pumpkins and witches pop up on lawns. Ghosts and skeletons dangle from trees throughout the community. Giant spider webs appear… read more

Let's Talk About Sexuality

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
Ever since the President of the United States endorsed gay marriage in May the debate in our nation surrounding sexuality has intensified. It reached a fever pitch in late July… read more

Teaching Children About Stewardship

By Dana and Joyce Bunn
It's fall, and in local churches, that means talk of stewardship, pledges, and funds. It may mean renewed emphasis on the Christian use of time, talents, gifts, and service… read more

Teaching Stewardship

By Nan S. Duerling
What do you think of when you hear the word stewardship? You responded typically if you said money or finance campaign. Too often, stewardship discussions focus on how to raise… read more

In Honor of Grandparents

By Donna Schaper
Researchers suggest that more than one kind of behavior is biologically written on the human heart. For example, "fight and flight" is a biological response to threat. So is "tend … read more

Rhythm of Life

By Martin Thielen
A 4-Week Series Based On the Life of David Way back in the early 1980's, I read a little book by John Claypool called Stages. In that book, Claypool reviewed the four major stages … read more

The Answer is Forgiveness

By Adam Hamilton
"To all of the customers of the local florist who got sneezing powder in their flowers last Tuesday, I apologize. You were really not the intended victims. I just wanted to make… read more

What Is Creativity?

By David Dorn
What is creativity? I live in a box. My box is like the box next to me. In fact, I live in a row of boxes. Each box looks the same, feels the same. But my box is different. My box … read more

Finding the Invisible Children

By Children's Teacher
Churches often say to me, "We don't have any children...there aren't any around." My response to them is, "Look! They are there. The question is, 'Do you want to see them?'" I… read more

Worship for Kids: October 28, 2012

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Job 42:1-6, 10-17. The writer's literary ploys make this text difficult to follow. The free translation of The Good News Bible presents … read more
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