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The Challenges of Writing a Sermon — And Tips For Sermon Preparation

The abundance of resources available on the Web requires a new level of discipline.  After nearly 30 years in the ministry, the Rev. G. Lee Ramsey Jr. knows writing sermons week after week isn’t easy. It’s not so much writers’ block, he says. The hard part is creating a focused sermon that gives the congregation something to chew on.

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Thanksgiving Sermon Ideas and Tips for Worship Planning

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Knowing that many of our visitors are in the midst of Thanksgiving worship planning, we searched our affiliate group sites for great resources and articles for worship and sermon topics. We hope these links to resources will stimulate your own creative thinking and generate fresh Thanksgiving worship ideas this season.

Favorite Verse ... 2 Corinthians 11:28

Favorite Verse ... 2 Corinthians 11:28

Do you have a Bible verse that jumps off the page at you every time you read it? No matter how many times you have come across it, you always stop to ponder it. This verse is a never-ending wonder to you. You might be encouraged by it, convicted by it, or perplexed by it, but you always stop when you see it.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists for 2018

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists for 2018

Eight of the county’s most accomplished and philanthropic teens are in the running for a full-ride scholarship.

The Hancock County Community Foundation recently announced the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship finalists for 2018.

Sharing Deep Stories Despite Politics

Sharing Deep Stories Despite Politics

“We all have deep stories, whatever our politics, but we’re not fully aware of them. They’re dreamlike and are told through metaphor.”

Arlie examines deep stories in the context of political polarization in the United States, but I wonder what additional wisdom we might find within our own hearts about this phenomenon. Sharon Salzberg often writes about how the stories we tell ourselves, whether about our self-worth or our ability to love or be loved, can form barriers to the connection we seek in each other:

Link Between Faith and Video Games

Link Between Faith and Video Games

"Major cultural shifts sometimes happen in unexpected ways that traditional social indicators fail to measure. This may be the case today for religion in the online environment, partly because social scientists of religion may have been blinded by the emphasis on faith (rather than hope or fantasy) in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic monotheistic tradition. " [Read more from ARDA].

Grand View University receives $1 million Lilly Endowment Grant

Grand View University receives $1 million Lilly Endowment Grant

Grand View University received a nearly $1 million grant to establish a program that supports rural religious leaders, the organization announced October, 2018. Lilly Endowment Inc., an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation, awarded Grand View $996,038. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry initiative that supports religious organizations across the nation. [Read more].

Churches in Hurricane Florence's path look to FEMA for a helping hand

Churches in Hurricane Florence's path look to FEMA for a helping hand

Religion News Service: How is Hurricane Florence different from past storms along the Eastern Seaboard? For some houses of worship, it may have brought the potential of government help. [Read more].

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$1 Million Grant Helps Rural Clergy to Thrive and Flourish

Campbell University has received a grant of $995,627 to help establish the Fellowship for Clergy in Rural and...

Sermon Resources by Carl Dudley

 The Christian Ministry magazineThe Layperson's-eye View--January/February 1999The Common Touch--November/December...

Lilly Endowment Grant Supports Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church has an important partner as it responds to shifts in the religious landscape. In 2018, the Lilly...

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