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When discussing liturgical practices, such as communion and baptism, and how they can be used to address current themes, the church can only do so much. So how can the church help families continue that dialogue at home? […] Read More

There’s not enough time, not enough money, not enough margin. We can’t give more to help those in need; what if we don’t have enough for ourselves? It’s not about abundance or scarcity; it’s about sufficiency. […] Read More

Should your church “go Coptic” on Christmas Eve? I love Christmas – and all the Christmas services. Yet, in the memory all too often one special service merges into another, and none really stands out. So, this question arises: How might we create a truly memorable Christmas Eve service? In respect of the Christmas Eve […] Read More

I see our healthcare crisis as a crisis of communion. On Sunday mornings, when my congregation sets the table for the Lord’s Supper, we set upon it loaves of bread, which we call the Body of Christ, and a cup, which we call the blood of Christ. We place the table in the center of […] Read More

Hundreds of churches across the country will attempt to focus on a more important commitment, as millions of Americans cast their votes next Tuesday. While ballots are being counted and pundits jump to conclusions, Christians across the denominational spectrum will gather for communion. An initiative known as Election Day Communion urges churches to hold a […] Read More

I’ve enjoyed working with several high-energy invigorated churches this past spring and summer. Being around them, considering God’s calling for them and how to join God more fully on mission was delightful. Reflecting on these experiences, I find myself wishing more people on this planet could experience this kind of faith community. One practice common […] Read More

Debates about communion usually focus on two important areas: the nature of the event and the question of who can participate. The nature of the event will involve considerations such as what we believe about the bread and wine. At one end of the spectrum, the Roman Catholic position is that the elements become the […] Read More

Last Man Standing

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. August 3, 2014 Communion Devotion Mark 14:17-31 This morning, our attention is drawn to a scene in the Upper Room the night before Jesus was crucified. Jesus gathered with the disciples in Jerusalem to commemorate the Israelites’ release from bondage in Egypt by eating […] Read More

Newness of Life

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. June 22, 2014 Psalm 86:1-10; Romans 6:1-11 This is an odd passage of scripture for this time of year. What I mean is, Paul refers to walking in the “newness of life.” Wouldn’t this be better for the first Sunday in January, […] Read More

God of the Outcasts

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Second Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 21:8-21 June 22, 2014 Jeremiah 20:7-13; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39 Before this story turns terribly dark in telling of the banishment of Hagar and Ishmael, it is uproariously funny. When Abram and Sarai are told the news […] Read More