Search ResultsThe Patriarch Broods Over His Family’s Future This article highlights two writings from Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury. In these writings, Asbury warns Methodists about the possibility that pride and corruption will enter the Methodist Church as it ages. Rites and Mites This page contains a variety of resources for service and sermon planning on Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17, Mark 12:38-44, and Hebrews 9:24-28. Themes include hospitality, grace, atonement, spiritual hypocrisy and corruption, and generosity. Compromising in Order to Maximize Profits These two stories about the Christian executives of Enron and Worldcom, two companies with widespread internal corruption, would make good sermon illustrations on the importance of ethical rigor in the workplace. The Christian and His America Describing the universal corruption of humanity, this sermon by Arthur Landwehr explains both how democracy depends on Christianity for its values and how Christianity defeats the pride of communism. Good News: Release, Recovery, and Freedom Arthur Landwehr's sermon on Jesus' rejection at Nazareth (Luke 4:14-21) reflects on how a prophet speaks truth to corruption of consciousness, whether in the individual or in a group like a synagogue or church. A Bright Shining Lie Juxtaposing peace proposals with depictions of military corruption and violence, these quotations from "A Bright and Shining Lie" by Neil Sheehan illustrate the depravity of the human race during war and conflict. Fatima’s Third Secret—More Relevant than Ever? This Catholic essay discusses the “Third Secret of Fatima" in light of the corruption in the Church's hierarchy. May We Go This Triune unison benediction by Rosie Venner expresses hope that we experience grace, peace, and thankfulness, that we "rise above the corruption of power," and that we "pursue goodness, wisdom, holiness, and love." Yet This I Call to Mind Hurt, corruption, poverty, and injustice show us how much we need the gospel and how the church needs to bring the gospel into dark situations. The gospel is a source of hope. Litany for Anger Fran Pratt offers a litany for Lent on Anger, based on Jesus' "clearing the temple of corruption" in John 2:13-22. God's Righteousness is Good News This Christian Century blog considers how God's righteousness, while fear-inspiring, is a good answer to the corruption we see in the world and brings with it a promise of justice. Full Text Hymns on Corruption When in the Night I MeditatePD
Say, Is This Wild Corrupted Nation?PD
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See more hymns... On the Record: The Character of an Old English Puritan or Noncoformist This article explores the character of an old English Puritan, Richard Baxter who honored God above all, and under God gave every one his due. What Wondrous Love is This Jason Lief looks at the martyrdom of Oscar Romero who opposed violence and corruption to reflect on Good Friday, loving one's neighbor, and entering the suffering of others. "America's Hour Has Struck" This article explores the life and history of evangelist Harold John Ockenga, the impact he had on the beginning of Billy Graham's career, and how his ministry affected the course of evangelicalism in America. Challenging C.S. Lewis on Evil and Evolution In this article, Bethany Sollereder challenges C.S. Lewis' view on evil and evolution. Whatever the presence of sin in the world entails, it cannot mean the introduction of carnivorousness into the evolutionary process by angelic corruption. New Wine, New Wineskins The use of bread and wine in communion has evolved since Jesus commanded, "Do this in remembrance of me.” In this article, Jennifer Woodruff Tait describes different practices and interpretations that emerged throughout the history. A Renaissance Gallery The Renaissance produced an extraordinary number of exceptional artists. This article showcases the life of Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael. Each was informed by the Christian faith that undergirded their society. The Corruption of King David Drawing on the political themes and motivations involved with David's murder of Uriah, Richard W. Nysse's commentary on 2 Samuel 11:1-15 depicts David as "a typical royal despot" who routinizes war while exploiting and manipulating power. The Humiliation of King Henry This article explores the history of Investiture controversy, the conflict between secular and religious powers in medieval Europe.