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September 20, 2020

Miscarriage and the Surprising Solidarity of the Church

By means of community and Christ’s cross, the church can be a place of healing and hope for those who have experienced miscarriage.

March 4, 2020

Good Grief

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.

February 26, 2020

Wedding Day

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.

October 8, 2019

Preaching Through the Lens

Emily Anderson draws connections between preaching and photography that illuminate what preaching is and offer a guide to become better communicators.

October 1, 2019

A Vision for Male Friendship

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.

September 17, 2019

Is it Cheap, or Just Cheap to Me?

Christy Lang Hearlson writes on how God and justice inform Christians' participation in an economic system that exploits human and environmental resources.

September 3, 2019

Seeing Every Body

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.

July 11, 2019

The Genesis of the Black Church Food Security Network

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.

June 18, 2019

The Holy Ground of Home

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.

June 1, 2019

Hope Flows from the Inside Out

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.

April 18, 2019

Navigating Transition

Just like driving directions, Timothy Sloan teaches that prioritizing scriptural directions is integral for congregational leadership and church transitions.

April 2, 2019

Don't Forget to Oil Your Chain

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.

March 26, 2019

Let Go of the Brakes

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.

March 19, 2019

Look Ahead to Where You Want to Go

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.

March 12, 2019

Just Like Riding a Bike

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.

March 5, 2019

Authenticity in Ashes

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.

February 19, 2019

Sabbath: It's Not About You

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.

February 5, 2019

Where Do I Belong?

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.

January 29, 2019

Inactivity as Spiritual Practice

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.

January 15, 2019

Finding Affinity: Bridging Divides in Youth Ministry

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.

January 3, 2019

Self Care and the Liberal Arts

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.

January 2, 2019

The Pleasure of Epiphany

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.

December 27, 2018

Psalms: The Gymnasium for the Soul

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.

November 2, 2018

Let Them Question

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.

June 1, 2018

Harmful Inclusion

Noah Buchholz discusses how churches can support the deaf community by supporting existing churches and ministries instead of forcing inclusion in their own.

May 9, 2018

The Blessing of Everday Tasks

Your everyday tasks - cooking, cleaning, laundry - are gifts from God that offer you the opportunity to let your mind wander, roam, and explore.

May 1, 2018

"The Jury Box"

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.

April 20, 2018

As We Are One

Although dialogue between different faith groups can be difficult, Ashley Rossi discusses how interfaith work and unity come naturally to young people.

April 11, 2018

The Written Words

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.

April 5, 2018

Cutting Clutter

Al Hsu teaches how to declutter your writing by getting rid of unnecessary words and how decluttering can be a spiritual practice.

March 30, 2018

A Light to the City

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.

March 22, 2018

Transitioning Well

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.

February 13, 2018

The Smallest Thing

Katherine Douglass testifies to how having a childlike faith can help you notice injustices and start enacting change for oppressed or hurting people.

February 8, 2018

What (Not) to Preach: Mental Health and the Church

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.

February 1, 2018

Black-ish Church

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.

December 28, 2017

All Our Young People Can't Be Paul

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.

December 14, 2017

Contraceptives, Miscarriage, and Youth Ministry

Abigail Visco Rusert reflects on her experience in trying to create meaningful conversations with youth members about fullness, discernment, and identity.

October 19, 2017

Mother of the Protest

Elsie McKee gives an overview of how key women have shaped church history, focusing particularly on Katharina Schütz Zell, a Protestant "church mother."

October 12, 2017

Pathos Has Left the Building

Jason Oosting analyzes the role of art during the Reformation and considers the complicated relationship between Protestantism and art throughout history.

August 22, 2017

Freedom: Not Independence

Wesley Ellis addresses theological tensions in the celebration of Independence Day and argues that Christian freedom includes the freedom to serve others.

July 25, 2017

Body, Soul, Soil, and Sacrament

Nathan Stucky reflects on the interconnectedness of farming, food, bodies, and Jesus Christ, as well as the impactfulness of planting seeds and tending soil.

July 25, 2017

Tripped Up: Mzungu, Youth Ministry, and Short Term Missions

Jamie White offers guidance on how to redeem mission trips in order to help hurting communities and provide meaningful discipleship experiences for youth.

July 25, 2017

Gratefulness as Spiritual Practice

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.

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