Heal Our Fears

Heal our fears,
the jagged-scar fears
that slice the skin
of our communion,
rip us one from another,
bleed lines of division.

Thrive: Shake It Off, Shake It Off – Kristy Bay

After reading the first verses of Matthew 10, I had a really hard time moving past Jesus’ rather harsh calling of the disciples to ignore the Gentiles and instead to seek only after the “lost sheep of Israel.” I don’t like to think about Jesus excluding people.

Formations 04.13.2014: The Way to Calvary

Although we think of the Sunday before Easter as Palm Sunday, it has another name that is equally valid: Passion Sunday. Churches that follow a lectionary traditionally read the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and death on this day as they embark upon Holy Week’s solemn commemoration of the events leading up to Jesus’ death.

Uniform 04.13.2014: The Leader We Need

Beauty shop gossip is a well-established tradition, at least for women. You go to get your hair trimmed or colored or washed, and you sit there listening to the hairdressers and their clients discuss religion, politics, relationships, kids—basically any topic that comes up. You might add a point or two from time to time.

Crossroads: The Good Samaritan

As a young teenager, I went with my youth group to a soup kitchen one Saturday morning to feed the homeless. Several of my friends were going, and I wanted to have fun with my friends. But I didn’t actually want to feed the homeless.

God’s Feminine Side Is Plain to See

Any half way decent theologian will tell you that God is decidedly not an old man on a throne in the sky. That this image of God persists somehow in the popular imagination, most likely has to do with some language we find in the Bible and the layers and layers of patriarchy involved in the whole shebang.

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.