Flame: “God Loves Me” Stained Glass Windows

This week one of our focus stories is the Prodigal Son. The main point we want to get across is that God loves us and wants to be involved in our lives. This is a craft we will be doing with our 3-5s group on Sunday and also with the 5-7s.

Thrive: Pay Attention to Tears – Pam Durso

Tears, drippy wet tears . . . they all must have had moments, or even days, in which tears streamed down their faces. A paralyzed man lying on a cot. A tax collector sitting at his table alone.

Crossroads: The Prodigal Son

As the older child, I have always had a better understanding of what was going on in our family. I knew that our budget was tight, and so I never asked for anything exorbitant from my mom. My younger sister, however, never seemed to have any idea that we were strapped for cash.

Formations 04.06.2014: Hopeful Waiting

I’m writing this article the day after teaching my Mercer University students about the Babylonian exile and its place in biblical history. It is nearly impossible to overstate the influence of this literally world-changing event.

Uniform 04.06.2014: Caring for Sacred Space

Like many people, I can get pretty sentimental about buildings. When an old, unused gym on my college campus was torn down to make way for green space, I was saddened that people would no longer get to see the tiny gym where the Mercer Bears played basketball for many years.

Moravian Witness in a North Carolina City – Bill J. Leonard

Every Easter morning, in the pre-dawn hours, a pickup truck full of Moravian musicians stops at the corner outside my family’s home in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the sound of “Sleepers, Wake” floods the neighborhood. It is a resonance heard throughout the city as Moravian bands roam the streets, preparing a community to receive the news of Christ’s resurrection.

Not Just by the Numbers

Adults learn every day. Yet, we often make Sunday school so boring that adults quit coming. Adults desire stimulating learning approaches that challenge them to think and engaging opportunities for deepening fellowship and growing relationships.

A View from the Pew: Devotions by Any Other Name

Long before I find myself in a chair or pew on a Sunday morning, preparations have been made for the corporate worship of God. Musicians have learned music through hours of rehearsal. Ministers have prayerfully selected texts to be read responsively.

Thrive: Pay Attention to Forgiveness – Pam Durso

I met Carolyn in 2002, and I liked her immediately. How could I not? She was everything I was hoping to be when I grew up (and I was 41 years old at the time and still wondering if I would ever “arrive.”) Carolyn was a well-respected, published Baptist historian, a much sought after preacher and speaker, a long-tenured and well-loved professor, and a warm and caring wife, mother, and friend. Plus Carolyn spoke her mind, and I really liked her mind.

Formations 03.30.2014: Seeking Wisdom

Along with reading and math, students at Seattle’s John Muir Elementary School are studying philosophy. Recent grant money has allowed Jana Mohr Lone of the University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children to establish a year-round philosopher-in-residence at the school to help children try to answer some of life’s biggest questions.

Uniform 03.30.2014: Crowds Lining the Streets

Parades are exciting events. From a festive celebration like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, which attracts thousands and is aired on television all over the United States, to the small-town events that honor local heroes, parades cause people to line the streets.

Crossroads: The Workers in the Field

Have you ever thought that something was just unfair? It could be that someone got something that you thought you deserved, or you did the right thing and someone else didn’t do anything, but they still got the credit. Maybe you felt like you deserved that promotion at work, but someone else (who doesn’t seem to work as hard) got it instead.