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Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
The Baptisms of Jesus; by Water, Fire, and Blood Geoff Holsclaw discusses three aspects of Jesus' baptism and says the missional church needs all of them: confessing baptism (symbolized by water); baptism/filling of the Holy Spirit (fire); witness as a way of life (blood). Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Geoff Holsclaw Blood:Water Mission, a synergy of justice and art Launched 10 years ago by the Christian band Jars of Clay, Blood:Water Mission draws on the power of artists -- musicians, writers, actors and visual artists -- to move people to creative social change. Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Sandy Smith Exiled to Discover God at Work in the World and in Us Karen Wilk discusses the importance of doing ministry by being closely involved with the neighborhood where we are (Jeremiah 29) - even if we feel exiled there. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Karen Wilk Blood Reflecting on the nature of blood, this article by Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell discusses the life-giving and gruesome connotations of Jesus' blood and why Jesus' blood may or may not be an important image for atonement. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve | Author: Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell Lament Resources for Race This post was created in response to the shooting in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. It features a poem of lament and five other prayers and writings related to hate, racism, and violence. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Missio Alliance Moses and Aaron Changing the Rivers of Egypt to Blood This 17th century painting by Bartholomeus Breenbergh depicts Exodus 7:14-25, God's first plague against the Egyptians, where the Nile river is turned to blood. Resource type: Image | Source: getty.edu | Author: Bartholomeus Breenbergh Blood of Jesus This album from the Baylor Black Gospel Music Restoration Project was recorded by James Jones and the Shepherds of Zion, with the songs "Blood of Jesus" and "I'll Trust in God." Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Baylor Black Gospel Music Restoration Project | Author: James Jones Redemption Through His Blood Focusing on the sacrifice of Jesus, this devotional by Mark D. Roberts on Ephesians 1:7 describes how we have received redemption from slavery through the shed blood of Christ. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D Roberts There Will Be Blood Blood is life, Jeff Munroe says. Which profoundly impacts how we interpret the cross. With help from some colleagues, Munroe explores how the Jesus' sacrifice can be bloody without being barbaric. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: The Twelve | Author: Jeff Munroe Blood on Doorposts Preparations are made for the Passover, as blood is put on the doorposts so that the angel of death will pass over Resource type: Image | Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive | Author: Martin Luther Full Text Hymns on Blood I Know It Was the BloodPD
Nothing but the BloodPD
Are You Washed in the Blood?PD
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Blood Transfusions From Ebola Survivor Helps Patients An illustration by David Finch, describing that blood transfusions from an Ebola survivor helps patients, appropriate for John 6:53, 1 Peter 1:2, and Colossians 1:20. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: David Finch Blood Money The chief priests and elders decide what to do with the blood money Resource type: Image | Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive | Author: Christoph Weigel Blood Money Joy Jordan-Lake tells a story about a homeless woman showing compassion and reflects on integrity in moments when no one is watching. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: The High Calling | Author: Joy Jordan-Lake Oh the Blood A recording of Dan Adler's acoustic version of "Oh the Blood," an Easter-themed classic from Hillsong, written by Darlene Zschech. Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship | Author: Dan Adler Cyber community... and our own Self-Deceptions An article that wrestles with the nature and purpose of interactions through technology and the need for physical contact. It asks churches the question, how are you "discerning the use of cyber-tools? " Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Plague of Blood Moses turns the Nile to blood in the presence of Pharaoh. In the background Pharaoh’s magicians do the same Resource type: Image | Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive | Author: Christoph Weigel Blood, Sweat, and Tears Thomas Goodhart reflects on his dog, human bodies, and the Christmas story which involves not only faith, hope, and love, but also emotional expressions of fear, courage, anxiety, trepidation, and exhaustion. God "gets" us. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: The Twelve | Author: Thomas Goodhart The Blood of the Covenant This reflection on Mark 14:12-26 focuses on the blood of the covenant, suggesting that Jesus’ giving of his blood provides not only the model but the source of this new covenant gift of life. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: The Sunday Website | Author: Dennis Hamm, SJ
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