Free Lent PowerPoint (week 1)

By Common English Bible
Augment your worship during Lent with the free CEB PowerPoint® presentation downloadable below. Each beautiful slide consists of vivid color photography of nature scenes… read more

Loving Jesus Religiously

By Neal Bowes
Last month spoken-word artist Jefferson Bethke posted a video on YouTube called "Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus." The video (embedded below), in which Bethke rhymes about his … read more

Get Rid of the Red Tape

By Shawn Wood
I have a theory. It's not a proven theory, but it is one that I really believe in. I think that crowd dynamics have a lot to do with how people feel when they are in worship. You… read more

Why Lent?

By Clifton Stringer
Last year on Ash Wednesday, a kind woman from the congregation I serve asked me, "Why Lent? Why should Christians observe a season called Lent?" She was a longtime Christian, but… read more

Structure Can Impede Progress

By Ron Edmondson
Recently I received a question about a blog post I wrote entitled "7 Enemies of Organizational Health". One of those "enemies" I listed as "structure". The person's question was… read more


By Group 1 Crew
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Associate Pastor: An Awkward Ministry

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
It was a typical Sunday morning ritual as the congregation gathered in the narthex following worship to drink coffee, eat cookies, and chat. My colleague, who is an associate… read more

Impact Your Community this Easter

By Jessica Miller Kelley
With all the cultural hubbub around Christmas, it can feel like a losing battle to remind people the real "reason for the season." Community events can get lost in the endless… read more

The Internet and Faith

By Alex Joyner
Have We Lost Our Minds? Was it really less than two years ago that Nicholas Carr was worrying about losing his brain to the Internet? Carr is a thoughtful observer of the world of … read more

Standing in the Footsteps

By Missy Buchanan
At last year's Ash Wednesday service, my husband and I sat behind an older couple who had been our friends since we first joined the church thirty years before. The elderly pair… read more


By Deas Vail
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They Need Me

By Joseph Yoo
A friend once said to me regarding his church, "You don't understand, they need someone like me!" I wanted to respond, "I do understand. Maybe they do need someone like you, but… read more
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