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

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
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