Looking for God in the World Cup

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
Christians believe God is distinctly revealed in Jesus Christ but we also believe knowledge of God can be gleaned from observing the world around us. Because God’s presence… read more

Interview with Bishop Mike Lowry

By J. Michael Lowry, Paul Franklyn
Paul Franklyn interviews United Methodist Bishop Mike Lowry about the conversation surrounding same-sex marriage, homosexual practice, and how the UMC can move forward… read more

Worship for Kids: August 17, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child’s Point of View Old Testament: Genesis 45:1-15. Before children can understand this story, they need to hear about the brothers’ sale of Joseph and be… read more

5 things I learned in seminary

By Randall Hardman
I had a few friends recently pass through town and stay for a night. All three of these individuals were considering seminary as a future possibility and wanted to ask some… read more

Living prayerfully

By Rueben P. Job
Scripture Sentence He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him; "Lord, teach us to pray." Luke 11:1 Scripture Readings *Luke… read more

Why you need a production calendar

By Chad Brooks
I learned a huge lesson this last week that will change your ministry. The funny thing was it already applied to this episode. Isn’t it great how things work like that? In… read more

Worship Elements: August 10, 2014

By Erik Alsgaard
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Color: GreenScripture Readings: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 Theme Ideas Today's readings… read more

Welcoming visitors without scaring them away

By Joseph Yoo
Nothing makes me feel more anxious and nervous than being bombarded all at once by people I don't know just because I worshipped with them. Don't get me wrong: I like warm and… read more

The new research library

By Ministry Matters
In the spring of 2011, the Ministry Matters website was created for the purpose of "supporting Christian ministry with resources, community, and inspiration." Ministry Matters… read more

Worship Connection: August 17, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Color: GreenScripture Readings: Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship … read more

Immortality, death and desire (Part 2 of 2)

By Clifton Stringer
In part 1 of this two part series, we looked at the way death is, in Christian thought, simultaneously vital friend and graven enemy. This Christian way of looking at death was… read more

The trouble with the truth

By Shane Raynor, Rob Renfroe
Episode 5: How should we balance truth and grace? Shane Raynor interviews Rob Renfroe, president of Good News, a national organization committed to the doctrinal integrity and… read more
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