Read and interact with thought-provoking posts from a variety of church leaders. The Key Voice bloggers write for Day1.org on a wide range of issues of faith and life. And the Day1 Blog offers news and information about the Day1 ministry, and shares posts from other sources we think you might enjoy. Of course, the views of the bloggers on Day1.org do not necessarily represent the views of the Day1/Alliance for Christian Media staff or board of trustees.
April 24, 2017
ON Scripture: The Bible
In our Scripture passage, Peter encourages us to live our time here as sojourners with reverent fear, remembering the sacrifice that was made for us. What does it mean to be a sojourner? It means that you are temporarily traveling through a place and as people of faith we must remember that we are temporary residents of our respective countries because we are permanent residents of the Kingdom of God.
April 23, 2017
Nearly all Christian mystics maintain that an essential characteristic of Christian mysticism is participation in the Body of Christ, which is to say, in the Christian community of faith. In other words, to be a Christian mystic, it is as important to be a follower of Christ as it is to be a mystic. And to be a follower of Christ means to express spirituality in a communal way.
Day1 Key Voice Bloggers
Day1 Key Voice blogger the Rev. Martha Sterne is associate rector of Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA. She formerly served as rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Maryville, TN, and as associate rector at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta. She is the author of Alive and Loose in the Ordinary (Church Publishing).
November 13, 2011: Lamar Amburn's and the Reign of God
September 14, 2011: After
August 12, 2011: Reunion
July 04, 2011: Winners of the Peachtree
Day1 Key Voice blogger the Rev. Dr. Debra von Fischer Samuelson is serving Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Midtown Atlanta. "I have been privileged to serve for 14 years," she writes. "Redeemer is a strong and faithful congregation with excellent worship, and is a congregation whose concern is not only for one another but for the needs of the community around them and their neighbors across the world."
December 22, 2010: Wordless Prayer
December 14, 2010: Seasons of Mixed Emotions
January 19, 2010: Is Our Hope Lost?
December 11, 2009: Got a Grip
The Rev. Adam Thomas is the Assistant to the Rector at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Cohasset, MA. As one of the first members of the Millennial generation to be ordained to the priesthood, Adam brings a new voice to conversations about God, faith, spirituality, and the church.
April 16, 2013: They Call it Heartbreak Hill
April 06, 2011: From Palm Sunday to Easter
March 21, 2011: Attempted Temptation
December 20, 2010: Names
Dr. Alexander J. Shaia is a pastoral theologian, spiritual director, liturgist, psychologist, and author of "The Hidden Power of the Gospels: Four Questions, Four Paths, One Journey" (HarperOne, February 2010). The book offers a fresh, unrecognized narrative on the gospels based on two premises: an examination of the spiritual dilemma of the original communities for which the gospels were written, and the larger story of spiritual practice that is told when the four texts are read in the sequence of the Sunday lectionary, both RCL and Roman.
The Rev. Dr. Tripp Martin is the pastor of Vineville Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia. He served as an associate pastor at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi for almost seven years before moving to Georgia.
January 16, 2015: Good Words
November 27, 2014: Thankful for Advent
November 20, 2014: Bowling and Yelling
September 25, 2014: Church Talk
Pamela C. Hawkins is a United Methodist clergywoman with a heart for contemplative prayer and imaginative writing for the Christian spiritual life. Pam currently serves as associate pastor at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rev. Cameron Trimble is the Executive Director of the Center for Progressive Renewal. She most recently served as an advisor to the Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Team of Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and as Associate Conference Minister of Church Development in the Southeast Conference of the UCC. In her ministry in the national setting, Rev. Trimble was responsible for the development of national strategy for birthing new churches. In her conference setting, she directly oversaw the birthing of churches throughout the Southeast Conference.
Anthony B. (Tony) Robinson is a speaker, teacher, author, coach and consultant who works with congregations and their leaders across North America. He is the author of the best-selling "Transforming Congregational Culture," and the award-winning "What's Theology Got to Do With It: Convictions, Vitality and the Church." His newest book is "Called to Lead: Paul's Letters to Timothy for Today's Pastoral Leaders," (with Robert W. Wall). He has served four congregations as a ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He is a Senior Consultant with the Center for Progressive Renewal.
July 19, 2012: Douthat, Bass and Liberal Christianity
June 28, 2012: Heath Care Reform, the Court and the Church
Rev. Dwight McCormick is the solo pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church of Springfield Ohio. He has been in parish ministry for 13 years in the Presbyterian Church USA. When he is not working to keep up with his wife and daughters he enjoys spending time performing as a stand-up comic in churches, comedy clubs, and any venue that has a microphone and a desire to laugh. He is interested in the authentic, often not pretty life of discipleship and how humor informs the way we follow the path of Jesus Christ.
November 19, 2015: Department Store Jesus
August 05, 2015: Racism 101
October 28, 2014: For all the Saints
May 20, 2014: Scrambled Eggs and Apples
Dr. Marcia McFee is an author, worship designer and leader, professor, preacher and artist. Her engaging and interactive style has been called “refreshing,” “inspiring,” and “unforgettable.” Marcia combines her background and experience in performance with a variety of worship and preaching styles in order to bring a fresh experience of the Gospel to each worship setting. Marcia teaches and speaks across the country and has provided worship design and leadership at numerous international and regional gatherings, including the last two General Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
October 20, 2016: A Time for Transformation
September 16, 2016: "The Art of Creating a World"
August 04, 2016: "Musical Transitions"
July 14, 2016: "The Verbal Transition"
Sogo (http://www.sogomedia.tv) is a new kind of Christian television network that uses the exploding platform of YouTube to distribute exclusive videos from an impressive collective of progressive Christian voices, as well as curates the religion and spirituality niche on YouTube. Founded in 2012, Sogo is short for “social Gospel,” a play on words that also refers to “social media + Gospel message,” the Gospel (or “good news”) of the kingdom of God that Jesus proclaimed.
Steve Knight is co-founder and co-CEO of Sogo Media, a new kind of Christian television network … on YouTube!
The shared thoughts and writings of Dr. Richard Schori, a lay leader of The Episcopal Church, holds a PhD in Mathematics, and husband of the Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori.
Linda is currently serving as senior writer for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church. This is a position she has occupied for the past three years. It has allowed her to see firsthand, and through the eyes of UMCOR program staff, the gifts and role of faith communities in responding to both urgent and chronic needs of communities in the United States and overseas.
March 31, 2014: A Letter from Ukraine
March 27, 2014: Faith, health, and peace
March 13, 2014: An Invitation to Repentance
January 28, 2014: UMCOR's Return to Leyte
Frederick Buechner (pronounced BEEK-ner) is an American writer and theologian. He is the author of more than thirty published books and has been an important source of inspiration and learning for many readers. His work encompasses many genres, including fiction, autobiography, essays, sermons, and other nonfiction. Buechner’s books have been translated into 27 languages for publication around the world. Buechner’s writing has often been praised for its ability to inspire readers to see the grace in their daily lives.
April 24, 2017: Weekly Sermon Illustration: Giving Thanks
April 21, 2017: Communion of Saints
April 17, 2017: Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Resurrection
April 14, 2017: Only One Life
Facing Life Blog
July 01, 2010
The Rev. John Gunn
This Facing Life article, based on Romans 12:3, examines the path we take when striving for success. The Rev. John R Gunn writes that it is good for people "to aim high. But they need also to guard against being led away into vain pursuits through an exaggerated notion of their ability and gifts."
February 22, 2010
The Rev. John Gunn
In this Facing Life article based on Luke 15:10, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes about taking pride in repentance. "Be ashamed of your sins, but do not be ashamed to repent of them and confess them. It is the only way back to self-respect, the only way back to God and the better life."