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Facing Death With Faith

Kayla Mueller's beautiful letter to her family while being held by ISIS is an eloquent testament of faith in the midst of adversity that continues to inspire after her death.

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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.

Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

My wife and I recently relocated, which led us to visit a half-dozen churches in the past two months. Each seemed to have a downside.

The music wasn’t that great, or the message wasn’t what I wanted to hear, or the attendance left something to be desired. They didn’t take Communion by the method to which I’d grown accustomed. Their greeters seemed to have inauthentic smiles. They didn’t have small groups. They didn’t have much of a missions program.

Sunday Church Servicing in the Wake of Hurricane Michael

Sunday Church Servicing in the Wake of Hurricane Michael

"Church leaders knew the Sunday following the storm would be important and necessary in what's expected to be a protracted recovery. Pacific-Standard: Viewfinder: Holding church service in the wake of Hurricane Michael." [Read more].

Being a Bridge Person

Being a Bridge Person

“If there isn’t the crack in the middle where there are some people on both sides who absolutely refuse to see the other as evil, this is going to continue.” Frances Kissling is a “bridge person” in the abortion debate: a long-time pro-choice activist who has sought to come into relationship with her political opposites. She has experienced something more powerful, as she tells it, than defining common ground — and this has lessons for other issues in our common life and our struggles with people with whom we disagree the most.

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Inspiration from the Liturgical Letter for 26th Sunday after Pentecost

Confidence in Our Creator"Lord, we take refuge in you (Psalm 16), for you listen to our despair (1 Samuel 1:4-20) and...

Practicing Gratitude

My wife and I recently relocated, which led us to visit a half-dozen churches in the past two months. Each seemed to...

2019 BAA Trailblazer of the Year named by Union Presbyterian Seminary

The Black Alumni Association (BAA) of Union Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to announce and to recognize the Rev. Dr....

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