Hospitality can be dangerous and even deadly

By Allan R. Bevere
The shooting that occurred Wednesday night at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina has focused our attention, once again, on several issues —… read more

How megachurches have killed the practice of prayer

By Christy Thomas
It suddenly dawned on me last Sunday: Prayer is not media-friendly. In this past year, I’ve visited over forty different types of churches, writing up my experiences for a… read more

Worship Elements: July 26, 2015

By Bill Hoppe
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: Green SCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 THEME IDEAS Today’s readings are full of apparent… read more

Worship for Kids: July 26, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 11:1-15. The story of David and Bathsheba is not one most people would choose to tell children. David's key problem, however… read more

Worship Connection: July 26, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, rest your spirits in the Lord.P: We come… read more

Worship Elements: July 19, 2015

By Ministry Matters
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Call to Worship L: The Lord has… read more

Worship for Kids: July 19, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a. For scholars, this is a key Old Testament text which introduces a new theological theme. For children, it is a… read more

Worship Connection: July 19, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, … read more

Worship for Kids: July 12, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19. The story of David bringing the Ark to Jerusalem includes several subplots, each of which makes a comment on… read more

Worship Connection: July 12, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, sing… read more

Dancing Before the Lord

By J. Daniel Day
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 My problem with this story is that it belongs in someone else’s Bible, someone like my pentecostal relatives or someone whose DNA doesn’t match… read more

Worship Elements: July 12, 2015

By Leigh Anne Taylor
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost COLOR:Green SCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 THEME IDEAS The pairing of two dance stories allows … read more
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