What the Church can learn from 'Hamilton'

By Kira Schlesinger
The buzz over the Broadway musical Hamilton has been building for months but reached a peak when the soundtrack became available last month with free streaming on services like… read more

Worship for Kids: November 22, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: John 18:33-37. The Gospel lesson announces that Jesus is King, but a very different kind of king from most earthly kings. Many earthly kings… read more

Worship Connection: November 22, 2015

By Nancy C. Townley
COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-12; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1 L: Come, let us celebrate the goodness of… read more

Worship Elements: November 22, 2015

By Hans Holznagel
Christ the King Sunday COLOR: WhiteSCRIPTURE READINGS: 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-12; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37 THEME IDEAS Truth is spoken to power in… read more

Should Christians pray for the dead?

By Shane Raynor
One of my favorite scenes from the Back to the Future film trilogy happens in the third installment when Doc Brown and Marty are trying to figure out a way to use a locomotive to… read more

The convenience conundrum

By Talbot Davis
Since its inception in the early 1990s, Good Shepherd has sought to make church convenient for worshippers. It’s why we have casual dress. Why we have music that is… read more

Redeeming Halloween by rediscovering Allhallowtide

By Shane Raynor
One weakness some Christians have, myself included, is the tendency to become so focused on avoiding something potentially bad that we overcompensate and throw out too much of… read more

Communing with the world

By Andrea Murdock
World Communion Sunday (October 4) is celebrated once each year by a vast number of Protestant denominational churches throughout the world. The idea was born in the 1930s with a… read more

An ordinary Sunday morning: Where do people gather and live?

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
I have recently concluded a couple of weeks of study and renewal, a time that also included some teaching, meals with students and conversations with academic leaders. I lived in… read more

Transforming how you pray before meetings

By Dave Barnhart
I’ve been in church for most of my life, so I’m used to starting meetings with a brief prayer or invocation. One of my friends calls it “the nod to God.”… read more

The cosmic ritual

By Dave Barnhart
Hebrews 9:11-14 The crowd stands and sings the national anthem. Someone throws out the first pitch. People wear goofy outfits, take a seventh-inning stretch, sing “Take Me… read more

Worship for Kids: November 15, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: 1 Samuel 1:4-20. The story of Samuel's birth suggests several interesting areas for exploration. First, children are pleased that God… read more
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