The church in the what?

By Laurie Haller
“The church in the what? What are you talking about?” Zach asked. He’s a college student and is our sag driver/navigator for the one thousand mile bike ride in… read more

Worship Connection: August 3, 2014

By Nancy C. Townley
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Color: GreenScripture Readings: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1:L: Come… read more

Worship for Kids: August 3, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child’s Point of View Old Testament: Genesis 32:22-31. Although the ambiguities of this text are beyond the understanding of children, most children, especially boys, … read more

The Lie of Well-Roundedness

By Josh Mauney
In my first ministry position I was sure I knew what to expect. Stand up in front of thousands of adoring members of a faithful congregation and present to them an hour’s… read more

Sighs for help

By Wendy Joyner
Romans 8:26-39 It was early on a Thursday morning, long before daybreak, that I found myself driving north on I-75. My mother had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, and I was… read more

Is everyone a child of God?

By Chad Holtz
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12). The word become in the Greek is… read more

Turnaround: How dying churches can find new life

By Bob Smietana, Religion News Service
(RNS) For years, a handful of members of Hillview Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn., prayed their pews would be filled with worshippers. In early June, those prayers were finally… read more

A pastor’s solitary march to end an injustice

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) It’s 93 degrees in Texas and the Rev. Jeff Hood is walking 200 miles across the state. What would compel somebody to do that? He wants to end the death penalty… read more

Struggle and Triumph

By Melissa Spoelstra
When we look around at today’s world, hope usually isn’t the first word that comes to mind. In many ways we live in an unstable world where marriages fail, bank… read more

Philanthropy improves, but religious giving is down

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service, Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans are slowly pulling themselves out of a charitable slump — except when it comes to religious groups. That takeaway from the new Giving USA report… read more

God's Appointed Time

By Angela Roberts Jones
Have you ever experienced a shift in your life — a new season — a time for some things to end or a time for a new beginning? Or have you ever gone through so much that … read more

Marriage as spiritual practice

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
There is plenty of debate taking place around the topic of marriage but it is often limited in scope. The recent battles across our nation to legally define marriage in new ways… read more
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