How the light gets in

By Jake Owensby
Thomas died somewhere along the southwest coast of India. According to an ancient text called Acts of Thomas, King Misdeus, a local ruler, blew his stack when Thomas converted his … read more

Dream deferred

By F. Willis Johnson
"What happens to a dream deferred?"— Langston Hughes, "Harlem"Last week on April 4 tens of thousands commemorated the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr… read more

Sermon Options: May 6, 2018

By Ministry Matters
The Company He Keeps Acts 10:44-48 Each day, if we pay attention to life around us, we will be surprised, maybe astonished, at things that happen to us. Acts 10 may be one of the… read more

There's room for you too

By Chris Andrews
Acts 10:44-48 Have you ever been surprised by God? You expected God to work one way and God did the opposite, the unexpected? In the New Testament, God is constantly pulling… read more

Weekly Preaching: April 8, 2018

By James C. Howell
I recall being semi-impressed with myself as an undergrad for taking a challenging course on Existentialism, expecting to have my intellectual horizons expanded. Plunging into… read more

The myth of redemptive patience

By Tom Fuerst
Waiting for liberation is the privilege of the privileged. Those who sit comfortably atop the world’s hierarchy can tell those on the bottom to “wait just a little… read more

Pope Francis and hell

By Thomas J. Reese / Religion News Service
(RNS) — Social media has been going crazy with reports that Pope Francis has denied the existence of hell. Even some mainstream media have picked up the story supposedly… read more

Resurrection and suffering saints

By Mark Tooley
Last year in time for Easter the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas unveiled its panoramic new stained glass, reputedly the world’s largest. At… read more

Where do we go from here?

By Jake Owensby
In the early hours of the third day, Mary Magdalene went with a group of women to Jesus’ tomb. They carried spices to anoint his shattered, lifeless body. At least… read more

Michael Williams: Woman Wisdom

By Michael Williams
In memory of Michael Williams, one of the finest folk storytellers of our time, Abingdon Press and Ministry Matters offer ten retellings of familiar biblical stories. With a… read more

The heart of it all

By Ross West
1 John 4:7-21 “Cut to the chase.” A quick search on the Internet reveals that this saying goes back a long way, back to moviemaking in the 1920s. The saying refers to… read more

Sermon Options: April 29, 2018

By Ministry Matters
Becoming One Acts 8:26-40 The story of Philip and the Ethiopian is full of surprises. We are dazzled by the speed and action of the account. The story functions mainly as a… read more
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