Lectionary Commentary 1: Holy Thursday

By C. Chappell Temple
Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 The passages for Maundy Thursday trace the sacred strand that runs between the institution of Passover… read more

The Mandate

By C. Chappell Temple
John 13:1-17, 31b-35 The prophets may have called them "beautiful," at least when they belonged to those who brought good news to others. On the whole, however, most of us would… read more

Jesus Prepares the Disciples

By Thomas Lane Butts
John 13:1-17, 31b-35 We come now to John's account of the beginning of the end of Jesus' earthly life. This is the beginning of his passion. John establishes the mood of Jesus… read more

Terrified!

By Randy Horick
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for the next forty days (not counting Sundays). Christians around the world will remember Jesus' sacrifice by giving up something, such… read more

We Were Made for You

By Aaron Gillespie
"We Were Made for You" — Aaron Gillespie Video Source: VEVO/YouTube Ministry Matters is not responsible for content or advertising on external sites. read more

Blinding Light into Lent

By Clifton Stringer
The harshest and most unwelcome light I can recall woke me up at 6 AM in Brownsville, TX during the mission trips on which my church sent the middle school youth group. Lights… read more

Pastor Visibility: Why Less is More

By Shane Raynor
I've attended churches where the pastor is a highly visible presence in the worship service from beginning to end. I've also been to churches where you'd probably have a difficult … read more

Worship Suggestions for Holy Saturday

By Ian Heston Doescher
Christian churches seem to be afraid of Holy Saturday. In some churches, no mention is made of Holy Saturday—the congregation leaves in silence on Good Friday and returns in … read more

Free Easter PowerPoint

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

Free Lent PowerPoint (Good Friday)

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

Free Lent PowerPoint (Palm Sunday)

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

Free Lent PowerPoint (week 5)

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
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