3 ways relics and artifacts can help us ‘find Jesus’

By David Gibson / Religion News Service, Michael McKinley
(RNS) Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact — relics, as some call them — associated with Jesus? Even the most suspect claim of a “lost”… read more

3 gifts the church can glean from the spiritual but not religious

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
We have a lot to learn from the “spiritual-but-not-religious” crowd. Chances are, though, it’s not what you think. I’ve taught a number of classes in… read more

Worship for Kids: March 29, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
Palm—Passion Sunday Consider the children when deciding whether to celebrate Palm or Passion Sunday. If they will not worship around the Passion stories on Holy (Maundy)… read more

Worship Connection: March 29, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Palm/Passion Sunday COLOR: Purple PALM SUNDAY SCRIPTURE READINGS: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-11 PASSION SUNDAY SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians… read more

Feasting faster

By Kevin Alton, LinC (Living in Christ)
Earlier this week, many Christians celebrated the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. One could argue that the celebration was actually the night before on Fat Tuesday. One… read more

In the face of unrelenting snow, New England churches soldier on

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) If God brought all this snow, he also made it very hard to get to church. New Englanders, clobbered by four major storms in the past month and bracing for a fifth, are… read more

The mark of courage: Taking ashes for the first time

By Lily Burana / Religion News Service
(RNS) Lately, a particular quote has been wending its way around Facebook, popping up in the feeds of the most disparate names on my friends list. It appears written in feminine… read more

Ashes on ice: Celebrating Ash Wednesday at home

By Greg Moore
The weather is usually a safe topic of conversation. It’s an easy way to chat without having to talk about important matters. It’s the preferred way to break the ice… read more

Worship for Kids: March 22, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View In planning today's worship, consider the following: Children are quickly overwhelmed when confronted with all these texts. It is better to explore… read more

Worship Connection: March 15, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
Fourth Sunday in Lent COLOR: Purple  SCRIPTURE READINGS: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: How… read more

Worship Elements: March 15, 2015

By Jamie D. Greening
Fourth Sunday in Lent COLOR: Purple SCRIPTURE READINGS: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 THEME IDEAS God’s love for humanity explodes… read more

How the megachurch unintentionally kills connected Christianity

By Christy Thomas
I think the megachurch movement has created a clearly unintentional but serious infection which may lead to the eventual death of Christian connection, aka the church. Let me… read more
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