Worship Elements: September 28, 2014

By Shelley Cunningham
Color: GreenScripture Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 Theme Ideas What does being a servant look like? Philippians describes… read more

Worship Elements: September 21, 2014

By Hans Holznagel
Color: GreenScripture Readings: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 Theme Ideas Complaining to God is not always bad. In the wilderness, it… read more

Worship Connection: September 21, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Color: GreenScripture Readings: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: In the midst of the… read more

Not every sermon needs to mention Jesus

By Tom Fuerst
A few years ago I was preaching a sermon from an Old Testament text filled with lots of symbolism, cultural background, great theology, and, of course, misunderstanding. I walked… read more

The Way to a Nation's Heart

By Thomas R. Steagald
Exodus 12:1-14 Holidays are like every other day, only more so. People travel everyday; they just travel more for holidays. People have reunions every day, get together with… read more

The heart of the matter

By David C. Hockett
Matthew 16:13-20 “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Jesus puts the question directly to his disciples. After asking what the crowds say about him—the… read more

7 easy ways to put a ‘Not Welcome’ sign on your church

By Ron Edmondson
I was running recently on a route I’ve run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too “good” not to stop and take a picture with my … read more

Praying with the imagination

By Kasey Hitt
Consider this: Everything that has ever been created was once imagined. The imagination is a powerful, often overlooked, gift from God for creating loving relationships with God… read more

The best liturgical advice ever

By Clifton Stringer
The small gathered host, the collected fragments of probably a dozen congregations, sat before me meeting my gaze. “And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, Son”, … read more

‘Revival’ live webcast

By Shane Raynor, Adam Hamilton
Shane Raynor interviews Adam Hamiton about “Revival,” Adam's latest project from Abingdon Press. They discuss Adam's travels to England where he followed the life of… read more

Worship for Kids: August 24, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child’s Point of View Old Testament: Exodus 1:8-2:10. If you have been preaching on the Joseph saga, point out to the children that these Hebrews are the great, great … read more

Naming and claiming the future of your children

By Tom Fuerst
Even though he’s only three years old, nearly every day and every night, I tell my son, “Buddy, I want you to grow up to be a good man.” At different times and… read more
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