Checking to find peace

By Ashleigh Joyner, Rethink
Scripture: Psalm 80:1-7; 17-19 Video/theme: When did Christmas get so complicated? We are so busy making lists and checking them twice, decking the halls and dashing through the… read more

Do you have a place to be creative?

By Len Wilson
After reading Twyla Tharp’s “The Creative Habit,” I have decided to take my creative space seriously. I have one now but it stinks. (See above!) It’s not… read more

Mental illness and spiritual evil

By Shane Raynor
USA Today has a story today about mental illness currently overwhelming the criminal justice system. The most recent numbers show that 56% of state prison inmates and 45% of… read more

Worship for Kids: August 10, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child’s Point of View Old Testament: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28. Children, particularly those whose parents are continually after them to get along better with their… read more

3 spiritual lessons from the Tour de France

By Dudley Rutherford
If you had told me a couple of years ago that I would one day ride sixty to seventy miles on a road bicycle for fun, I don’t think I would have believed you. But years of… read more

The death of Archie... and innocence

By Shane Raynor
My childhood was full of comic books — Spiderman, Superman, Richie Rich, Casper… and Archie. When you’re a kid, you really look up to teenagers, and I related… read more

Church of England kicks the devil out of baptism rite

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) While Christians waited to learn whether the Church of England would approve the consecration of women bishops, the church’s governing body — … read more

Worship Elements: August 17, 2014

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
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 Theme Ideas It's just three… read more

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
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