Emily C. Heath
Every year, in every church I have served, at least one faithful church member comes to me to let me know they won't be at Christmas Eve worship.Read more
Mary's prophecy in this text is still coming true. People of the light still believe and work for it to this day.Read more
Take a break today—maybe for the entire Advent season—from concepts and lists, from judgments and bickering. Only wonder. Fall to your knees at the wonder of it all.Read more
Jesus sets the ultimate welcome table. A table where there is no seat without honor, without grace, without love.Read more
People complain about the New Century Hymnal. "They changed the words!"Read more
Emily C. Heath
It's up to the adults in children's lives to lift them up, and bless them on their path. And Advent is as good a time as any to start.Read more
Kenneth L. Samuel
The story has now been given to you and me. If it is to stay relevant, it must be infused with a real sense of our own passion, experience and expression.
The word "pester" is so interesting. It means to bother. To nag. To bug. Often when it comes to justice, we use less interesting verbs.
Richard L. Floyd
Something about Jesus himself was so compelling that he inspired many of those who met him to immediately stop what they were doing and put their complete trust in him.
The Pharisee in Jesus' parable verbalizes a longer list of "other people" with whom he is happy to disassociate. In doing so, he unwittingly debases himself.Read more