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

Giving treasure back to God

By Jacob Armstrong
Whether you are in plenty or in want, money has a direct connection to your values, your faith, and the health of your relationships. It's no wonder that in the Sermon on the… read more

Moving From God as director to God as artist

By Randall Hardman
I can't draw a stick figure to save my life. I just simply have never been good at art. I can envision what I want to do or what I want to create, but translating that intention… read more

Local and implicit liturgies

By Dave Barnhart
Language is not always about communicating ideas. Language is often performance. We indicate who we are, to which tribes we belong, and what sorts of values we hold. We often do… read more

Immortality, death and desire (part 1 of 2)

By Clifton Stringer
In the course of the years, the human family has seen no shortage of plots and plans about how to prolong human life indefinitely. Ray Kurzweil's is one of these. In the words of… read more

A new way to pray

By Shane Raynor
Episode 4: Linda McCullough Moore tried something new — rather than have one "quiet time" a day, she decided to pray for at least 15 minutes four times daily. In this… read more

The church in the what?

By Laurie Haller
“The church in the what? What are you talking about?” Zach asked. He’s a college student and is our sag driver/navigator for the one thousand mile bike ride in… read more

Worship Connection: August 3, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Color: GreenScripture Readings: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1:L: Come… read more

Worship for Kids: August 3, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child’s Point of View Old Testament: Genesis 32:22-31. Although the ambiguities of this text are beyond the understanding of children, most children, especially boys, … read more

The Lie of Well-Roundedness

By Josh Mauney
In my first ministry position I was sure I knew what to expect. Stand up in front of thousands of adoring members of a faithful congregation and present to them an hour’s… read more
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