“More than just building a tower, the people of Babel wanted to build a reputation for themselves. They wanted others to recognize their intelligence and skill and to admire them. Abraham, on the other hand, didn’t seem that interested in making a name for himself. He was happy to follow God, to obey God’s calling, and to entrust his reputation to God. God took care of Abraham’s reputation and made his name great.”
Today we encounter two men, Timothy and Epaphroditus, who have chosen to believe what Paul has taught them about joy. They don’t just believe it, they are putting into action the things they’ve learned. Their stories serve as perfect examples of how serving well leads to joy.
This is the time of year when advertisements inundate us with images of happy families gloriously celebrating the holidays. Women in velvet dresses clink…
Note from the Editor: Enjoy this biblically informed perspective on Christian participation and civic responsibility from Rev. Kelcy Steele, Senior Pastor of historic Varick…
There is a prayer that I recently discerned to pray: God, may all your plans for me be successful. The rationale behind this prayer…
Lent is a season of clarity. We already sit among the ashes. We already sit in cities made in our own image.
The ministry of the church – the mission that God has given to the church – is meant to be a continuation of the “ministry of the Son, to the Father, through the Holy Spirit, for the sake of the church and world.”
Our concept of peace is basically the absence of trouble, whereas Shalom means everything which contributes to the wellness of people’s lives.
The proclamation of God’s kingdom is in the embodiment of the teachings of Jesus in everyday life.
This week we’re happy to share a sermon from Order of the Flame 2017 speaker Rev. Jeremy Steele at Christ UMC Mobile in Mobile, Alabama.