Review: Overflow

By William H. Willimon
This book came to me just when I needed it. This past June, the bishop appointed me to a church. The congregation had previously suffered decline but had recently experienced some … read more

Review: Senses of Devotion

By Eric Van Meter
With his latest offering, Fuller Theological Seminary Professor William A. Dyrness explores the aesthetics of a small set of Buddhist and Muslim groups in his area. The result, he … read more

Pastor Dress Code?

By Joseph Yoo
One of the most read posts on my blog deals with the "dress code" of clergy. What is the appropriate attire that a pastor should wear on Sunday mornings? And, is it really that… read more

How Can I Hear from God?

By David Dorn
"Where is God?" "How do I hear from God?" These are the most popular questions I get as a pastor. read more

Methodists and Gay Marriage

By Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
PBS's Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly did a story this week on United Methodists and gay marriage. What did you think of the piece? Was it done objectively? Would you have… read more

Wesleyans, Sin, and Holiness

By Shane Raynor
I've always been somewhat of a theology geek, but as I've matured (both in age and spiritually) I've increasingly lost patience with theological discussions that go nowhere and… read more

Worship on Confirmation Sunday

By Robin Knowles Wallace
As youth move toward confirmation, their first public profession of their Baptism, include training to be Communion servers in confirmation classes. On the day of confirmation, as … read more

God Hears Every Language

By Mackie L. Harper Norris
Whenever you cry out to me, I'll answer. Psalm 91:15 CEB Remember the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost. Many languages were spoken, and although the human ear could not… read more

WordAlive! Weekly Lectionary Bulletins

By Ministry Matters
Are you looking for weekly lectionary worship bulletins? WordAlive! Weekly Church Bulletins are the ideal combination of powerful images and insightful Scripture designed to… read more

Preaching with Visual Impact

By Martin Thielen
Preaching is more effective when it is both heard and seen. Like the prophet Isaiah, today's worshipers benefit from an encounter with God that impacts both their ears and eyes… read more

How to Think of Eternity (or at Least How I Do)

By Randy Hardman
There's nothing quite like loss (and a nightcap of bourbon) to make you think about the hereafter. Heaven… Hell… whatever else might exist (can I say that?). In… read more

Be Where Your Body Is: A Prayerful Invitation During Church

By Kasey Hitt
Know how it feels to constantly be on autopilot? Sunday morning is often an hour of continued autopilot for people attending church. They simply happen to be there rather than at… read more
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