The Lowliness of God

By Jan Johnson
What picture comes to mind when you hear this phrase: a homeless refugee with a price on his head? That description fits the baby Jesus held tightly by his parents fleeing in the… read more

In the Quiet

By Holly Brothers
I was recently sitting at a local restaurant, reading a book and having a cup of hot tea. As I sat there, I started looking around me. At the table behind me were two gentlemen on … read more

When Christianity Gets Boring

By Shane Raynor
I've been noticing a lot of articles and blog posts lately on the topic of young people leaving the church. The church definitely has a problem, but the biggest issue here isn't a … read more

Fast Food at the Table of the Lord

By Taylor Burton-Edwards
Well, that's one way to talk about fast food (or in this case, junk food, plus a healthy dose of consumerism!) at the Table of the Lord. But we have another way, don't we? We may… read more

The Dance of Ministry

By Jay Voorhees
A hundred pounds and two kids ago I was a dancer. In fact, I was a dance caller for the local contra dance group that meets every Friday night in Nashville. For those who don't… read more

The Power of the Pastoral Prayer

By Joe E. Pennel, Jr.
Vocal prayer makes a bold assumption. It embraces the conviction that God is living, active, and present in the lives of individuals and in the life of the congregation. It holds… read more

Startled by God (A Sermon Illustration)

By Jessica Miller Kelley
My eight-month-old daughter startles very easily. She'll be creeping across the floor and if I call to her or walk into her line of sight, she jolts in panic before smiling and… read more

If You Love That Flag, Don’t Put It in the Sanctuary

By Robert A. Ratcliff
Proving that my grandfather was right when he told me I don't have the sense God gave baby chickens, I'd like to say a few words on the slightly controversial subject of flags in… read more

Community Prayer and Worship

By James C. Howell
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. —Acts 2:42 Annie Dillard tells about a church she attended… read more

"Why Are They Laughing?"

By Sarah McGiverin
The older children had been asked by the stewardship committee to speak to the congregation for one minute or so each on their favorite things about coming to church. Among the… read more

19 Signs of Vital Worship

By Ministry Matters
We serve a triune God who is alive and constantly active in mission in our world. Worship can be the vibrant overflow of our discipleship to Jesus Christ. How can you help your… read more

Contributor or Consumer?

By Shane Raynor
I learned a lesson about worship a few years ago when I accompanied a group of high school students to a denomination sponsored youth retreat. The church I attended at the time… read more
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