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Sermon Illustrations for the African American Church

The African American Lectionary project provides bible commentary, cultural and worship resources and additional supports for preachers who want to address the key liturgical and cultural moments important to most... read more >


Listening to Faith: A Conversation with Krista Tippett

Listening, says Krista Tippett, is an endangered art. It is endangered because we are taught in school to lead with our opinions. The problem, she says, is that leading with... read more >


Discovering Essential Beliefs: A Conversation with Bob Abernethy

“There is an important religion component to almost every major national and international story. … We try to identify these for our viewers and readers,” says Bob Abernethy, founder and... read more >


Low-Income Urban Mothers Desire but Resist Church Participation

Low-income urban mothers have a strong desire to have their children become involved in organized religion and develop a personal faith. However, those same parents tend to avoid church participation... read more >


Worship During Lent

The period of Lent has historically been a time of instruction, repentance, return to the faith and preparation for Easter’s affirmation of Christ’s resurrection. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship... read more >


Your Work Matters, Worship Service & Sermon Helps

Need something to stimulate new ideas about weekly Christian worship design, sermons and hymnody or discover new approaches to special-occasion and seasonal worship events? An extensive database of sermon outlines... read more >


The Act of Confession, Bible Study on Elements of Christian Worship

Confession cleanses our hearts and assurance prepares us to receive the good news. Using Psalm 32 & 1 John 1, this study underscores the importance of honestly confessing both personal... read more >


Vital International Worship

The new field of ethnodoxology affirms that there is no single best way to worship. God has gifted each culture with a heart language and music rooted in their particular... read more >


Why Welcome Children to Communion

This essay points out that children were not always excluded from the table, and are not excluded today in all Christian traditions. It traces the reformed tradition’s development of the... read more >


Is dance an appropriate form of worship?

Church fathers have approved of dance as a form of praising God. This article introduces the biblical and historical debate between those in favor of praising God with dance, and... read more >





Explorer of the Universe, Stephen Hawkings Dies

  "Unlike me, Prof. Hawking did his best to stare into the far reaches of the universe. If anyone could have...

Philanthropy That Thinks Deeply About Rural Community

Based in Indianapolis, the Lilly Endowment is perhaps best known for its grants to strengthen pastoral leaders and...

Grappling with Questions of Belonging, Unity, and Faith

Years ago, against the advice of colleagues, Amanda Parrish Morgan taught Marilynne Robinson's debut novel,...

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