Encountering Jesus at the Lord's Table

By William H. Willimon
Sometimes, while reading John's Gospel, my eyes blear and everything fades into a vague misty blue. The Fourth Gospel can have that effect on people. John's Gospel is packed with… read more

How Is it with Your Soul?

By Ben Kendrick
Following the enormous success of Stephenie Meyer's young adult novel series-turned blockbuster film franchise, The Twilight Saga, Hollywood quickly tapped the writer's 2008 novel … read more

Stations of the Cross: Projectable Art

By Jessica Miller Kelley
Enhance your Holy Week observances with this free Stations of the Cross artwork and devotional experience. The Stations of the Cross, also called The Way of the Cross, is a… read more

Easter in the Very Belly of Nothingness

By Walter Brueggemann
Death will be all right for us when it comes. But dying is another matter— so slow, so painful, so humiliating. Death will be a quick turn, the winking of an eye but dying… read more

Two Sundays in One

By Shane Raynor
The Christian calendar certainly seems schizophrenic this time of year. Consider the fact that we're in the middle of Lent—the forty days when believers prepare for Holy… read more

Easter Vision: Worship

By Lawson Bryan
Revelation 5:11-14 Today's epistle lesson continues the reading of the book of Revelation. This revelation was given to enable Christians to avoid becoming confused about their… read more

Transfer of Power: The Vows of Baptism

By Carol J. Miller
One Sunday when I was out of town and therefore out of my pulpit, I attended a local church for worship. It is not often that I was able to see worship from the pew side, and I… read more

Holy Thursday Altar Design

By Nancy C. Townley
Pastor's Theme The Humility of Discipleship in Foot Washing and Communion Scripture: John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Theme Focus The humility of Jesus as he washed the feet of each of his… read more

Dinner with Jesus

By William H. Willimon
It's odd, even for the odd Gospel of John. Jesus is in Bethany entertained by his good friends Mary and Martha. (John 12:1-11.) John casually remarks that Lazarus, whom Jesus has… read more

Community Baccalaureate Service

By Katie Z. Dawson
One of the ways that local churches can be in ministry with their community is to be aware of the transitions that others are experiencing. One of those "endings" my local church… read more

Liturgical Gardens

By J. Wayne Pratt
Since the beginning of time, the garden has been central to the human search for spiritual fulfillment and the discovery of inner peace and tranquility. For many religious… read more

Children and Holy Week

By Margaret Ann Crain
Holy Week: the Christian story in a nutshell. God has trans­formed death and despair into life and hope. The triumphal mood of Palm Sunday is forgotten when Jesus explodes in… read more
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