A Pastor Talks about the Pressures to Plagiarize

By John Frye Recently Scot McKnight had an excellent post about pastors plagiarizing. I read the post and followed the comment thread. Many good (and bad) things were pointed out about pastors preaching sermons of other pastors. Almost all thought it was deceptive to preach another pastor’s anecdote or experience or sermon as if it [Read More…]

Republican, Conservative, and Supporting Syrian Refugees

Priscilla Alvarez: Despite the heated opposition of the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and more than 30 state governors, conservative churches are welcoming Syrian refugees displaced by that country’s civil war. “The plight of refugees is very much in front of our churches right now,” said Russell Moore, the head of the Ethics and Religious [Read More…]

The Twice-as-Good Challenge, by Amy Bost Henegar

This week, we begin a four-week series written by four different women who preach, teach, and minister in traditions where they are among the first to serve their congregations in such capacities. Their experiences will inform the series. Amy Bost Henegar is a Minister for the Manhattan Church of Christ in New York City and [Read More…]

Surprised by the Cross: What If?

The narrative or the story into which one places the cross determines both the problem and the result. If the problem is wrath, the solution is pacification. If the problem is enmity, the solution is reconciliation. If the problem is slavery, the solution is liberation. Each of these, at one time or another, has been [Read More…]

That Big Bad Dude Was…

One would think a change in police culture would be more immediate and decisive, but this story proves yet again we need major changes. AP: TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An unarmed black man killed by a white Oklahoma officer who was responding to a stalled vehicle can be seen in police video walking away from [Read More…]

Christians, Retreat! (Leslie Leyland Fields)

Christians, Retreat! Ahhhh, remember the good old days, when (mostly evangelical) Christians didn’t care much about politics? Remember those heady days of turning off the TV news, of nodding our heads patiently, kindly when our neighbors ranted or raved about their own candidate? Remember the election years when we slept at night and drank coffee [Read More…]

Lunch with Differents

From HuffPo, by Elyse Wanshel: A new app makes finding friends in the school cafeteria a piece of cake. “Sit With Us” helps students who have difficulty finding a place to sit locate a welcoming group in the lunchroom. The app allows students to designate themselves as “ambassadors,” thereby inviting others to join them. Ambassadors can [Read More…]

Your Church and Money: How To Talk or Not to Talk?

By Michelle Van Loon It’s possible over four decades of church attendance that I may have missed the larger messages about the “Why?” in many of the sermons I’ve heard about the way in which believers are to steward their money, time, and spiritual gifts. We who are involved in discipling ministry (which is all [Read More…]

Plagiarizing Sermons

The NY Times once ran an article about pastors swiping sermons from sermon sources, and then Out of Ur ran a piece which got some comments. (HT: Garry Poole) I’m wondering what you think. Here are my thoughts: I once was in a situation when a pastor admitted to using sermons from sermon sources, and he [Read More…]

Grant Us, Lord

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever [Read More…]