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

Sighs for help

By Wendy Joyner
Romans 8:26-39 It was early on a Thursday morning, long before daybreak, that I found myself driving north on I-75. My mother had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, and I was… read more

Is everyone a child of God?

By Chad Holtz
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12). The word become in the Greek is… read more

Turnaround: How dying churches can find new life

By Bob Smietana, Religion News Service
(RNS) For years, a handful of members of Hillview Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn., prayed their pews would be filled with worshippers. In early June, those prayers were finally… read more

A pastor’s solitary march to end an injustice

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) It’s 93 degrees in Texas and the Rev. Jeff Hood is walking 200 miles across the state. What would compel somebody to do that? He wants to end the death penalty… read more
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