The Mother's Day Dilemma

by Martin Thielen
I have ambivalent feelings about celebrating Mother’s Day in worship services. On the one hand, it offers an opportunity to broach the important subject of the… read more

What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?

by Martin Thielen
When I first met Danny, he said, “Preacher, you need to know that I’m an atheist. I don’t believe the Bible. I don’t like organized religion. And I… read more

Review: The Stewardship Companion

by Matthew L. Kelley
David Mosser’s Stewardship Companion (Westminster John Knox) takes on a very ambitious task: to show how the theme of stewardship can be found in at least one of the texts… read more

What's the Point? A Sermon Illustration for the Great Commandment

by Martin Thielen
A wise rabbi once said, “God created human beings because God loves stories.” Jesus also loved stories, as illustrated by his many parables. Like God, people also love … read more

Sermon Starter: In the Wilderness

by Matthew L. Kelley
“Do you ever feel like you just don’t belong anywhere?” This question was posed to me by an older and wiser colleague of mine a while back. We were both at a… read more

The Cure for Stale Preaching

by Eric Van Meter
Nobody likes stale preaching. Nobody. Pastors who pluck the same sermons from their files year after year fret over the relevance of their material. Congregations sense when old… read more
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