The Solid Rock of The Kingdom of God

By Angela Pleasants – In addition to being a local pastor, I am also a chaplain for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina.  A couple of weeks ago, I was in my sergeant’s office watching a video of Mark Gungor, a popular speaker and minister, using two mannequin heads as props in a sermon. […]

Hope on the Horizon

By Carolyn Moore – A well-known Reformed pastor and theologian once said, “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” It’s a good line. It opens up the creative pores and asks what are the 9,997 things God is doing around me right now that […]

Finding Fearlessness

By Jonathan Razon –  Martin Luther changed the course of human history in 1521 when he was twice brought before the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and was told he must take back all of his teachings. As we all know, Luther refused to recant. “Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason – […]

Called Into His Mission

By Timothy Tennent – Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples […]

Already and Not Yet

By Keith Boyette – One of the hardest seasons in life is awaiting the birth of a baby. I’ve done it three times. The nurses told me that my title was coach. I think that was to make me feel good about my presence in the room because I don’t think that my wife appreciated […]

Crossing Boundaries

By Krystl D. Gauld – One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come […]

Father’s Day

Video courtesy of The United Methodist Church By Steve Beard – Happy Father’s Day! Sonora Smart Dodd (1882-1978) is credited as the inspiration behind the campaign to inaugurate Father’s Day. She was one of six children raised in a single parent home by her father, a Civil War veteran, after the death of her mother. She told […]

Not Losing Hope on the Road to Emmaus

By Reverend Rob Renfroe – Just one week earlier the two men had come to Jerusalem. On what would later be called Palm Sunday, they entered the city with Jesus. Their hearts swelled as the crowds shouted his name and called him king. They watched him enter the Temple as if he owned the place. […]

From Skeptic To Believer

By Eric Huffman – Finding the drawer full of teeth was the point of no return along my journey into cynicism. I was eight or nine years old when, while ransacking my mom’s bedside table in search of loose change because the ice cream truck was fast approaching, I happened upon a plastic bag with […]

The Spirit of St. Patrick

By Steve Beard – While sifting through obscure Spanish colonial records, it was discovered a few years ago that the very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not conducted in Boston, Chicago, nor New York City.  Instead, the Irish feast day was celebrated in modern day St. Augustine, Florida, in 1601.  “They processed through the […]

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