A Taste of Home

Happy Mother's Day!

Phil's thoughts today focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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Mud Dauber Determination

Saving spiders for their kids to eat?

Cathy Messecar uses the image of a mother mud dauber to give us some insight into a mother's role about paralyzing the evil influences in our children's lives.

Daddy!

Father, Daddy, means so much more than just the oldest man in the house!

Phillip Morrison reminds us of the role and importance of a dad and father on Father's Day.

Mom, You're the Real MVP

For all you do, Mom, we think you are the best.

Phillip Morrison talks about Kevin Durant's MVP speech and his own mom as the MVP.

The Fourth Quarter

So are you ready for the buzzer to sound?

Teresa Bell Kindred reminds us to use the fourth quarter wisely and finish strong.

Potholes Ahead

While we cannot accurately predict the future, for most of us, there will be potholes in our path!

Rubel Shelly reminds us to not get knocked off our path when we encounter potholes, even big bad ones that do damage, but to keep pressing on and persevering toward the call of God.

Ordinary or Not?

Are you making it up as you go?

Ron Rose is back to challenging us to treat our spiritual life like and adventure and let God lead us by faith and not hide the monotony of our same old routines.

Yardsticks: How the hidden Dangers of Comparison Are Killing Us and Our Daughters

Have we turned our yardsticks into swords?

Ann Voskamp reminds women and their daughters about the dangers of comparison and how it belittles the work of God going on in each person we see.

Challenge the Status Quo and Live a generous Life

So how do I keep the status quo from getting in the way of my generosity?

Rick Brown reminds us that we are called to challenge the status quo like Jesus did and turn our values, our world, upside down and bring the life of the Kingdom the way that God wants.

Talk Less Hug More

Why not forget winning arguments and win the heart?

Ron Rose talks about his adopted granddaughter, Halle Grace, a Russian lifeguard and Halle's desire to hug and be hugged.

The Gift of Sympathizing Mercy

Mercy turns in active compassion.

Brian McCutchen reminds us that mercy is active compassion that makes a difference in people's lives and not just a fleeting feeling about bad news.

We Are really Going Home

Egypt is back in the news, so what does that have to do with going home?

Phillip Morrison continues his encouraging words with an especially relevant piece on Egypt and going home.

Customer Service in a 'Yes!' Church?

How are we doing with our connection with those who are not one of us and are interested in us?

Greg Anderson shares the third in a series of articles from Interim Ministry Partners on greeting guests and welcoming others into our midst.

Red to Honor, White to Remember

What will you do to remember?

Phillip Morrison offers Encouraging Words about Mother's Day and the red or white flowers we wear in honor and to remember our mothers.

A Miracle in Three Poofs

Have you heard God calling?

Ron Rose talks about hearing God's call to go to Mongolia in three poofs.

Solid Ground or Sinking Sand?

What are you building your life upon?

Phil Ware continues his series on The Story by looking at Peter's confession of Jesus and how Jesus takes flawed, broken, messed-up people and builds his church that is unstoppable.

We Do Not Lose Heart

Come on! Can we really say this honestly?

Tom Norvell uses Paul's words to the Corinthians to help us know that we can keep on the journey of faith and not lose heart.

It Is Time

So how long are you going to wait?

Tom Norvell challenges us a week into the New Year to get about doing the work of God because it is time!

Learn to Be a Good Neighbor and Change Your Community!

What does it mean to be a good neighbor?

Rick Brown writes about a group of ministers and pastors in Denver who got together to try to bless their community by calling their people to be good neighbors.

Master the Art of Welcoming

How open are our arms?

Rick Brown challenges us to be welcoming to those who are outsiders and those we do not know.

An Amazing Find

Finding more than we are looking for!

Russ Lawson talks about the origin of the word serendipity and asks how we will use these blessings in our lives?

Apples in Autumn

So many good things in fall!

Katha Winther talks about the good gifts of autumn and the signs of the fall season.

Mortality: Trying It on for Size

A test run at death?

Rubel Shelly talks about a Korean project to help folks not commit suicide by helping them understand what death might be like.

Loving the Person Who Isn't 'One of Us'

Who do you believe is

Rubel Shelly writes about the serious subject of unity and division and the way we view and deal with those who are not one of us.

Find the Plot to Your Dots

Can you tell what God is doing?

Ron Rose shares a very personal story about his daughter and her husband and their grandchildren and an adoption and reminds us of car games when he was a child.

Roads Without Potholes

Why would we ever want potholes in the road?

Rubel Shelly writes about potholes, discouragement, disappointments, pain, grief, wounds that occur in our lives and how they are part of the fabric of life and necessary to develop our character.