The demands of our world make it abundantly clear that we urgently need Christians who cultivate habits of discernment. Discernment can be challenging to…
Overcoming Antagonism: What You Can Learn from Nehemiah
At our church, we’re spending time in the book of Nehemiah and learning how it is that amazing things happen. So far, we’ve explored…
Leading like Ananias: Prominence vs Significance in Pastoral Ministry
“Prominence does not equal significance in the Kingdom of God.” I am not sure who said that first, but whenever I hear it my…
The Snake Still Slithers
While America watched the horrors at our United States Capitol building on January 6, 2021, hurting and crying over the awful scenes unfolding on…
Fruitfulness through Faithfulness
I have found Psalm 1 to be a guiding principle in my life and ministry; it speaks to my theology and character as a…
What Is the Proper Response to Pressure?
Rev. Kaloma Smith, Senior Pastor of University AME Zion in Palo Alto, examines wisdom from Acts 12 for times when pressure is on the…
Opening the Door for the Spirit of God
We need to practice opening the door for the Spirit of God to enter our striving for answers in contradictory times.
Edgar Bazan ~ Fishing through the Disappointment of Empty Nets
You and I have fished in those same waters, haven’t we? When we put everything into a marriage to make it wonderful, but in the end, our net came back empty. When we invested blood, sweat, and time into a job, but the company downsized and our net came back empty. Our moment of “fishing” happens when we are trying our best to make a living, raise a family, and do good. But just like the disciples, our nets come back empty.
Michelle Bauer ~ Take Five: Quick Wisdom Under Pressure
Here are five daily meditations on wisdom, bite-sized and brief enough to fit between Zoom calls. Each contains a timely word of wisdom. Breathe these in during a moment of solitude, with housemates, or as a family.
Priscilla Hammond ~ Decision-Making for Productive Change
When change “just happens,” it never happens to move the organization’s goals forward.