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To get things going, I want to start out with a quick little get-your-imagination-going exercise. Now unless you are operating any sort of heavy machinery, I want you to just close your eyes wherever you may be, take a deep breath, clear your mind, and picture Jesus. Alright, do you have an image in your head? Great. You can open your eyes.Read full transcript...
A consultant told one of my churches, 'Your church staff is intelligent, spiritually astute, but don’t know how to do the things that need to be done to give this church a future. Worse, they have a well-developed theology to justify their lack of leadership.'
In our concerns over balanced budgets and fiscal accountability, how well are we planning to accommodate those who just arrived in our midst; those, who for countless reasons didn't feel welcomed until very recently; or those whose names were for so long either omitted or deleted from the invitation list; or those who got lost and just made it in?
Are there times in life when it's best to tolerate a little pain, to live with a little discomfort?
Five hundred days in captivity is a long time for anyone, let alone teen girls, but this is exactly the case for 219 students kidnapped and still missing. Under the cover of darkness on April 14, 2014, the terrorist group Boko Haram, dressed as military soldiers, abducted 276 female students from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria. They plundered and burned the school to the ground and forced the young girls into large trucks. A total of 57 girls escaped on their own, but 219 grieving families still await news of their daughters' fate.
I have about had it with faith. When Paul says, 'And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three' (1 Cor. 13:13), I hope the order is alphabetical.
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.
Throughout history – both in the Bible and in other places – women have been silenced or put "in their place." That is what this passage feels like. It feels like a woman is told to get back in her place.
When Bec Cranford-Smith graduated from seminary, she figured she would go to Atlanta and start a congregation in the urban center. But Margaret Aymer at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary challenged her: 'Why go to the city?' Aymer asked. 'There are enough new churches there. Why not plant a church in the suburbs, where you’re from?'
The secret to a truly beautiful, fun and unforgettable wedding is to spend at least as much time planning the actual ceremony as you spend on every other detail.