Singing the Christmas Story

By Shirley Holden Carpenter
Christmas carols provide a rich form for God's people to praise God. More than at any other time of the year, we love to sing at Christmas. Singing the hymns and carols of… read more

Psalm 130

By Simon Peter Iredale
This dramatic psalm has been a favorite even among those with no professed belief in God. It has been set to music many times and lurks thematically behind many pieces of art. I… read more

Worship for Kids: January 19, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 49:1-7. Within this complicated "servant song" are several themes that are important to children but which children will not… read more

Worship Elements: January 19, 2014

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Second Sunday after the Epiphany COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42 THEME IDEAS It's hard to ignore a scripture… read more

Keeping Christ in Christmas, Or Not

By Tricia Brown
…"Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David's city. He is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11 I have noticed … read more

Christmas Easter People

By Betsy Hall, Shane Raynor
Chreaster isn't an actual word—it's made up—a portmanteau of Christmas and Easter. According to one of the online slang dictionaries, Chreaster means A person who… read more

Lead Like a Hobbit

By Ben Kendrick
Over seventy-five years after the initial publication of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson is back with the second of three films following young Bilbo Baggins … read more

Hallelujah Chorus

By Ace Collins
We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. —Romans 8:28 Imagine having lost fame. It… read more

Mary, Mercy, and the Magnificat

By Shane Raynor
If you've never read the Magnificat closely, you should. (It's the text of Luke 1:46-55, where Mary prophesies during her visit to her relative Elizabeth.) I've read it several… read more

Advent: A Season of Redemption

By Alex Joyner
An Unusual Advent Tale The feature film 12 Years a Slave, released in the fall of 2013, tells an Advent story of sorts. Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black… read more

With a Song in Your Heart

By Ministry Matters
Ephesians 1:3-14 What kind of a song does your heart sing as you go through your days? Almost everyone sings some song. Of course, we may sing different songs from time to time… read more

Should Year-End Giving Feel Weird?

By Jeff Anderson
Last week, a development leader of a $100 million-a-year ministry shared with me that 60% of their annual budget would be received in the last three months of the year, and much… read more
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