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    John Jamison
    Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have a question for you today. Are you ready to hear it? (Let them respond.) Great! Here we go! Has anyone ever said something to you that didn’t make sense to you? (Let them respond.) After they said it, were you pretty confused about what they meant? (Let them respond.) Yes, I think that happens to all of us. But let me...
  • The Immediate Word

    Christopher Keating
    Quantisha Mason-Doll
    Thomas Willadsen
    Mary Austin
    George Reed
    Dean Feldmeyer
    For August 14, 2022:
    • Holy Heart Burn by Chris Keating. Jesus’ declaration that he comes to bring division and not peace is a harsh reminder of the kingdom’s disruption of our lives and world.
    • Wild Growth by Quantisha Mason-Doll. Based on...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Bill Thomas
    Frank Ramirez
    Mark Ellingsen
    Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
    Charles Paul Conn wrote, in his book Make It Happen, about a church that lost her purpose. The story went something like this.

    A preacher was in Atlanta, several years ago, and noticed in the restaurants section of the yellow pages, a place called Church of God Grill. The unusual name aroused his curiosity, so he...
  • StoryShare

    Peter Andrew Smith
    Abbie walked through the door, threw her coat on the chair and crashed onto the couch. She grabbed for the remote and flipped through the channels on the television. Nothing caught her eye, so she turned it off. She picked up her phone and checked her message and social media. Nothing new. She tossed her phone on the table and slumped back.

    “Why is this happening to me?” she muttered...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Janice B. Scott
    Tracey was afraid. They were all playing Truth or Dare, and Tracey didn't know which was worst. The dares were becoming more and more scary, and Tracey didn't want to be part of them. On the other hand, she was terrified of being required to reveal her innermost secrets, for she knew perfectly well all the others would laugh themselves silly.

    "Your go, Tracey,"...
  • SermonStudio

    Rick McCracken-Bennett
    I have to admit, this is not the Jesus I'm comfortable with. All this talk about bringing fire to the earth and that he can't wait until it's set ablaze. What kind of talk is that? Then there is the part about how households will become divided because of him. For goodness' sake, that's exactly opposite from the kind of community we're trying to build here.

    Can you imagine if I...
  • SermonStudio

    Chrysanne Timm
    This summer I decided to take up some simple vegetable gardening. I knew it would happen someday. It's in my blood. My dad has planted and tended summer gardens of various sizes my whole life. For several years, our family's garden filled the whole half acre second lot behind our home. We had strawberries, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, acorn squash, and even...
  • SermonStudio

    Kirk R. Webster
    In his colorful commentary on Hebrews, Thomas Long paints a picture of the historical setting surrounding this anonymous New Testament book.

    According to the old tale, on the wall of a city telephone booth was plastered a sticker that read, "If you are tired of sin, read John 3:16." Below this was scribbled a handwritten note, "If you are not tired of sin, call 555-1176" The Preacher'...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Mark J. Molldrem
    Note: This installment was originally published in 2007.

    "But he's for family values!"

    My parishioner could not believe that I didn't like the radio talk show. So what if the host's politics were reprehensible, his theology simplistic, and his biblical interpretation uncritical? The only thing that counted was family values!

    I don't know exactly when...

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