Mayberry Church Discipline

By Shane Raynor
One of my all time favorite episodes of The Andy Griffith Show is titled, "Opie the Birdman". 7-year old Opie brings home a slingshot, and in spite of Andy's warnings to be… read more

Do I Have to Go to Church?

By Mary Alice Gran
Every parent has heard, "Do I have to go to church today?" The reasons a child asks the question are as varied as the responses. It may relate to previous experiences at church or … read more

Worship Ministry Catalyst

By David Lindner & Kevin Kruse
In this 100th episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst we talk about a lot of the great memories we've made over the 100 episodes of this podcast. We specifically want to thank… read more

Worship for Kids: November 20, 2011

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Here the church concludes one Christian year and looks forward to Advent-Christmas-Epiphany, with which the next year begins. Christ the King Sunday… read more

Jesus + Nothing = Everything

By Tullian Tchividjian
I have a confession to make: I'm addicted to the gospel. It burns inside of me. And it seems to get hotter every day. I can't stop thinking about it, talking about it, writing… read more

Preaching through Conflict

By Eric Van Meter
Conflict and church go together like squash bugs and pumpkin vines. The former may not be welcome in the latter, but its presence is nonetheless inevitable. The question is what… read more

Improve Your Communication: Q&A with Kem Meyer

By Kem Meyer
Your church has a valuable message to share. But before people in the congregation or community encounter that message, they encounter you. What are you saying? How are you… read more

Baptism Dilemma

By Len Wilson
At this point, a lot of my childhood memory is indistinguishable from my childhood artifacts. What I think I remember in many cases is nothing more than knowledge of a Polaroid or … read more

Worship for Kids: November 13, 2011

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View All of today's texts deal with serving God. Old Testament: Joshua 4:1-7. This is the only story from Judges included in the Revised Common Lectionary. … read more

Christianity's Image Problem

By Matt Appling
Christianity has an image problem. However you define the image problem, it's huge. If Jesus' public relations committee were working for anyone else, they'd have been fired long… read more

Accessibility, Not Control

By Bob Whitesel
In April 1963 a Pentagon scientist named J.C.R. Licklider argued the time had come for a universal computer network to speed scientific collaboration. Not surprisingly, over the… read more

The Vampire Gospel

By Clifton Stringer
Zacchaeus is a vampire. He is a tax collector, an extortionist, a traitor against the good life of his Jewish people. Zacchaeus is a creature of darkness, drinking the blood of… read more
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