Sighs for help

By Wendy Joyner
Romans 8:26-39 It was early on a Thursday morning, long before daybreak, that I found myself driving north on I-75. My mother had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, and I was… read more

Confederate monuments and controversy

By Alex Joyner
A tale of two monuments On Memorial Day of this year, my small Virginia town dedicated a new monument honoring those who died in military service during the major wars of the 20th … read more

Sermon Options: July 23, 2017

By Ministry Matters
DREAMING GOD'S DREAM GENESIS 28:10-19a Helen Keller was asked what would be worse than being born blind. She responded, "To have sight and no vision." One of the essential keys to … read more

Adopted by God

By Chris J. Hayes
Romans 8:12-25 I do not think there is a more beautiful image of God’s love for us than the image of adoption. I have a friend, Tina, who was adopted. She tells me of her… read more

Christian adulting

By Dave Barnhart
Thanks to the internet, language evolves at high speed. Adulting is now a verb. It means to behave like an adult or do the tasks associated with being an adult… read more

Planting trees under which we will not sit

By James A. Harnish
I must be getting older! I thought I’d be a lot older by the time I got to this age. I have a hard time believing that pastors who are younger than my daughters look at me… read more

The Stories of Us

By Jake Owensby
Her brown eyes were not gazing into mine. She was taking in the four of us at the table. Greeting us with a smile of recognition. Chatting with us briefly like the group of… read more

Weekly Preaching: Father's Day

By James C. Howell
Father’s Day. Hardly noticed, at least in the churches I’ve served versus the intense sentimentality (and far higher attendance!) of Mother’s Day. The lectionary … read more

Honor your father

By Tiffany Manning
Father’s Day is a secular holiday with religious roots. It all started in 1909 when Sonora Smart Dodd heard a Mother’s Day sermon at Central Methodist Episcopal Church … read more

Four marks of the next Methodism

By David F. Watson
Let’s face it: no one really knows what’s going to happen over the next few years within The United Methodist Church. Division? Restructuring? Fragmentation? Slow… read more

What's a disciple to do?

By Jim Somerville
Dr. Jim Somerville, pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and co-founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday preaches a sermon called “What’s a Disciple to… read more

Responding to mass incarceration

By Dave Barnhart
What is mass incarceration? Mass incarceration is a term used by historians and sociologists to describe a dramatic rise in the prison population in the United States that began… read more
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