Jesus' Birthday Wish List

By Kevin Alton
What do you get for somebody who has everything? Choosing Christmas gifts is one of the most torturous social exercises known to humankind. It's our own fault that it has become… read more

Modeling Mary: Switching Agendas with God

By John Burns
Mary of Nazareth must have been very excited about her immediate plans. She was engaged to marry Joseph, a good man from a great family. Surely her mind was filled with wedding… read more

A Different Kind of Christmas

By Mike Slaughter
This video is a preview of the DVD study sessions from Mike Slaughter's A Different Kind of Christmas, a five-session study for Advent based on the book, Christmas is Not Your… read more

Mobiya Dibango

By Elizabeth Geitz
Fourteen-year-old Mobiya has endured what no child should have to endure. His life has been one of tragic loss and hardship. Yet self-pity is not part of his makeup. An excellent… read more

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
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