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

Dressing down for church

By Tom Fuerst
Why we need fewer robes and suits and more sackloth and ashes A few days ago my friend Carter was on his way to what I think was his ordination with the United Methodist Church in … read more

How to hear God’s voice and not be institutionalized

By Rich Jones
“Pastor, God told me you should . . .” So, has anyone ever said to you that God spoke to them? I guess it’s an occupational hazard for me. Over the last several… read more

How to capture an idea before you lose it

By Len Wilson
Have you ever heard the old saying, “He’s forgotten more about that than you’ll ever learn”? I sometimes feel that way about ideas. I have been given, and… read more
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