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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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Natural disasters, like the massive tornado that struck Oklahoma, can devastate entire communities and sometimes shake our faith, whether we are directly affected or not. Many ask why God would allow such tragedy, or wonder if the disaster is God’s punishment.

In moving traditional churches to embrace new forms of worship, experts say start small and be sure to communicate.

With its emphasis on an expressive spirituality, contemporary worship may be one of the most promising avenues for congregational growth.

Appreciation for music’s vital role in ministry is the impetus behind Choir Anniversary, a tradition in many black churches. The African American Lectionary provides resources for congregations planning the celebration.

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For the last 20 years, many churches have sent members overseas on short-term projects that met the... More > Video and audio resources are in demand for today's learners. How can you find credible, high-... More >
Revitalization of congregations requires leaders who can be “system changers,” says Barry Schwartz... More > An essay by Dr. John Timmer published by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship discusses the... More >

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New Organ Can Mimic the Sound of an Ojibwe Flute

Early in the project, church leaders asked the Casavant sound engineers to build a set of pipes that could mimic the...

Wisdom Meets Technology

The monastery’s turnaround has become a testament to what’s possible when ancient wisdom meets new technology -- as...

Following Merton into a "Useless Life" A Monk's Memoir

A life centered around prayer and baking fruitcakes (one of the main sources of revenue for the Abbey of Gethsemani)...

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