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Not Later--Now

In the 1960’s, my mother and father left the church they grew up in for many reasons. One thing they really objected to was the idea that we shouldn’t ask for too much in life because we’ll get our reward in Heaven—also known as “pie in the sky, in the bye and bye.”

The Privilege of Giving

Emily C. Heath

Most churches dread stewardship season.

Socializing with Sinners

Lillian Daniel

Last Sunday we welcomed new members to our church. Coincidentally, I was preaching about one of many Bible stories where Jesus is criticized for socializing with sinners. 

Crossing Over

Matt Laney

Christianity (and life) is all about crossing over.

Thy Gold to Refine

Vince Amlin

If the Ark of the Covenant is dross, what can I be sure is gold? Which of my beloved traditions or beliefs can I withhold from the refiner's fire?

Pow! Wow! How?

Molly Baskette

I learned a new twist on an age-old spiritual practice called the Ignatian Examen at youth group the other day. It's called Pow Wow How.

Lions and Curses and Prayers, Oh My

Jennifer Garrison Brownell

Your pastor must discern which of the myriad requests they field each day are truly the command of the Lord and which are the clamoring of other voices.  Remember this. 

Joy in the Morning

Talitha Arnold

How joy comes isn't as important as that it will come--for you, for me, for this whole world.

How We Heal

Mary Luti

The miracle isn't the healing. The miracle is that one person decides not to stand aloof from another person's pain. The wonder isn't that people are healed, it's that they're loved like that.

The Wrong Kind of Fire

Kenneth L. Samuel

Sometimes, in our 'come as you are,' laissez-faire attitudes, we lose sight of the importance of precision.  We even blur the distinctions between mediocrity and excellence.