Now is the Time to Plan

By Timothy Siburg
The calendar now says that it is June. For many people, it is the start of summer. For others, maybe it is even the heart of summer, depending on where you live. Wherever you are… read more

Worship Connection: July 20, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call … read more


By Joseph Yoo
I think I can sum up my life — particularly my spiritual life — in one word: distracted. One Sunday, I had a church council meeting after the service and then a… read more

5 Reasons We Worship in the Afternoon

By Dave Barnhart
I had to struggle to close down evening services at the last two churches I served. Both were holdovers from a previous era, a time when people would go to church several times a… read more

How to Have a Great Weekend

By Chad Brooks
Welcome to this episode of The Productive Pastor. I have some great resources to share, great conversations and a great announcement. The focus conversation this episode is having … read more

Worship for Kids: July 27, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Genesis 29:15-28. In the story of Jacob's weddings to Leah and Rachel, Jacob meets his match in Laban, who tricks him just as Jacob had … read more

Worship Connection: July 27, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Color: Green Scripture Readings: Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Call to Worship #1 L: … read more

Worship Elements: July 27, 2014

By Joanne Carlson Brown
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Color: Green Scripture Readings: Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Theme Ideas In the midst of summer… read more

Moving God

By Shane Raynor
What kinds of things do you pray for? Only the impossible stuff? Things over which you have absolutely no control? What about requests that are "safe"? The things we pray for are… read more


By Wesley King
Readings: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 7:37-39 Call to Worship: 39 Nolan and Phyliss Palsma © 1996 Faith Alive Christian Resources Song… read more

The Real Reason Men Aren’t Singing in Church

By Tom Fuerst
I read an article recently claiming to have discovered the real reason men are singing less in church these days. I’m not sure if there’s really any objective… read more

The Trinity: Relevant or Not?

By Carol Cavin-Dillon
Matthew 28:16-20 Several years ago in another church where I was serving, the children's minister asked me if I would speak to the first-grade Sunday school class. The topic was… read more
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