By means of community and Christ’s cross, the church can be a place of healing and hope for those who have experienced miscarriage.
Emily Anderson offers guidance on comforting those who are grieving and explores the themes of grief and hope in the story of Lazarus' death and resurrection.
In a sermon on John 2:1-12, Emily Anderson reveals that true love in human relationships is a practice and an action that ultimately begins with God.
Emily Anderson draws connections between preaching and photography that illuminate what preaching is and offer a guide to become better communicators.
While prevailing cultural norms prohibit men from showing emotion, Martin Saunders offers a vision for male friendship grounded in Paul’s vision of God’s love.
Christy Lang Hearlson writes on how God and justice inform Christians' participation in an economic system that exploits human and environmental resources.
Kermit Moss writes about the necessary and vulnerable work of seeing young people as whole persons and respecting the fulness of God's image in them.
Rev. Heber Brown tells the story of how churches in Baltimore established a network of food security in the chaotic days following the murder of Freddie Gray.
In walking through a typical week, Lucie Shuker explores the themes of place, holiness, and home, and reminds you that God is present with you wherever you are.
Veronice Miles discusses the impact of Spirituals and her realization that even Sorrow Songs resonate hope, and that hope is God's presence within us.
Just like driving directions, Timothy Sloan teaches that prioritizing scriptural directions is integral for congregational leadership and church transitions.
Mark Elsdon emphasizes that attending to the business side of ministry and embracing the nitty-gritty details is essential for mission work to be fruitful.
Being too cautious can ensure failure; Mark Elsdon encourages ministry leaders to trust God and take necessary risks in order to get projects off the ground.
Mark Elsdon teaches ministry leaders that they must focus on their destination and not let obstacles distract them from the direction in which they are heading.
Mark Elsdon introduces a four-part series on how he rebuilt a dormant ministry. First, he emphasizes that you can only learn by moving forward.
In a culture that craves authenticity, the Church has the most authentic story to re-tell—the Lenten season offers us an opportunity to embrace what matters.
Practicing the Sabbath may seem impractical in today's fast-paced world, but it provides an opportunity to rest from your work and recenter your life on God.
In a reflection on belonging, Eric Barreto notes that cultural and ethnic differences should be celebrated as gifts that display God's creativity and grace.
Spiritual practices are not about our own abilities; the spiritual practice of inactivity allows God's action to be primary and provides rest for our souls.
Tamara Henry reflects on the music of Lauryn Hill and the ability of music to bridge the gap between different generations or racial/ethnic constituencies.
In a time of political contention, pastors can practice self-care by engaging with culture and the arts, which can orient them towards love and courage.
In a reflection on meaning, pleasure, and Epiphany, Thomas Rusert invites you to consider how the world is a gift that expresses God's relationship with us.
The Psalter displays a full spectrum of human emotions, and the Psalms offer us an opportunity to strengthen our prayer life, our heart, and our spiritual core.
Brian Russo encourages us to let our youth be curious about their faith in order for them to engage in a more authentic and meaningful relationship with Christ.
Noah Buchholz discusses how churches can support the deaf community by supporting existing churches and ministries instead of forcing inclusion in their own.
Your everyday tasks - cooking, cleaning, laundry - are gifts from God that offer you the opportunity to let your mind wander, roam, and explore.
Robert Benson shares a writing technique in which you imagine that you are writing for a 'jury' - twelve specific people who want to hear your story.
Although dialogue between different faith groups can be difficult, Ashley Rossi discusses how interfaith work and unity come naturally to young people.
Nancy Bryan considers how there are many forms of written word beyond the Bible that have contributed to the formation of communities and individual lives.
Al Hsu teaches how to declutter your writing by getting rid of unnecessary words and how decluttering can be a spiritual practice.
Christopher De La Cruz tells how a congregation turned a parking lot into the Tree of Life Center—a place that creates opportunities for the community.
Jen DeJong offers guidance for youth directors and other church leaders who want to learn how to transition well both into and out of their positions.
Katherine Douglass testifies to how having a childlike faith can help you notice injustices and start enacting change for oppressed or hurting people.
Melinda Contreras-Byrd offers guidance to pastors on how to talk about mental illness from the pulpit in a way that is effective and sensitive.
Kermit Moss explains his term "Black-ish Church" in place of "The Black Church" and outlines the common commitments that are displayed in Black congregations.
Seth Vopat challenges youth leaders to refrain from using only flashy Bible stories because young people may feel there is an unattainable standard of faith.
Abigail Visco Rusert reflects on her experience in trying to create meaningful conversations with youth members about fullness, discernment, and identity.
Elsie McKee gives an overview of how key women have shaped church history, focusing particularly on Katharina Schütz Zell, a Protestant "church mother."
Jason Oosting analyzes the role of art during the Reformation and considers the complicated relationship between Protestantism and art throughout history.
Wesley Ellis addresses theological tensions in the celebration of Independence Day and argues that Christian freedom includes the freedom to serve others.
Nathan Stucky reflects on the interconnectedness of farming, food, bodies, and Jesus Christ, as well as the impactfulness of planting seeds and tending soil.
Jamie White offers guidance on how to redeem mission trips in order to help hurting communities and provide meaningful discipleship experiences for youth.
Laura Bratton reflects on her diagnosis of an eye disease that caused her to become blind and shares her experience of receiving healing through gratitude.
“What I like about working in an international church is that I’m always reminded that I’m a foreigner, that the land is not mine and I’m just a passenger on this journey.”