Worship Connection: July 19, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, … read more

Worship for Kids: July 12, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19. The story of David bringing the Ark to Jerusalem includes several subplots, each of which makes a comment on… read more

Worship Connection: July 12, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, sing… read more

Dancing Before the Lord

By J. Daniel Day
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 My problem with this story is that it belongs in someone else’s Bible, someone like my pentecostal relatives or someone whose DNA doesn’t match… read more

Worship Elements: July 12, 2015

By Leigh Anne Taylor
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost COLOR:Green SCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 THEME IDEAS The pairing of two dance stories allows … read more

Instapray app puts our best (and worst) prayer impulses on display

By Laura Turner / Religion News Service
(RNS) As long as people have been praying, they have also been asking for prayer from one another. In the Bible, the New Testament is full of requests from Paul and others to pray … read more

Holy Communion: Celebrating God with Us

By Drew McIntyre
I am not interested in any church renewal that is not sacramental — which is to say — is not Christian in any kind of historically or liturgically identifiable sense… read more

‘American Idol’ ends — Christian song goes on

By Mike Poteet, LinC (Living in Christ)
In 2016, TV viewers will have one last chance to choose an American Idol. The pop-music competition show, a television staple since 2002, will end after its fifteenth season. Once … read more

Tune into their hearts

By Roger Ross
The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book, "Meet the Goodpeople." My friend Lauren was skittish about faith. Every time the subject came up, she preferred to talk about… read more

Church can happen anywhere

By Rethink Church
Church doesn't just happen when we're sitting in the pew. Church happens when we reach out to those who are hungry, sick or forgotten. When we stand together for justice and… read more

Multi-campus churches: One Millennial’s disconnect

By Logan Robertson
In America, we like things to get big quick. American Christians are no different. We want to see "billions served." The multi-campus church is an expression of this desire. As a… read more

Singing the Trinity: A new approach to Trinity Sunday

By Cameron Merrill
The harried pace of the church year rips us from Advent through Easter, barely pausing long enough for us to catch our breath before Pentecost brings a new wind in the … read more
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