Why Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers.
Here’s a responsive advent prayer of confession that acknowledges several ways in which we fail (i.e. unwillingness to change our hearts, not caring about the stranger), with the repeated congregational response for mercy and forgiveness.
The Problem of Human Evil
Several quotations from People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil by M. Scott Peck for sermon illustrations on the theme of the problem of human evil.
The Truth About Evil
A list of quotes from "People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil" that explores the origin and nature of human evil and the implications of how humans react to the evil within themselves.
Getting on the Right Side of God
In this sermon on Mark 3:20-3, Alyce McKenzie states that life is filled with complexities and not easy to decipher. Thus now is the time to get on the side that will be victorious.
Evil Inside of Us
John van de Laar talks about the need to recognize evil in our hearts in order for us to be agents of healing to the world.
Making Moral Choices in Video Games
Video games provide immersive experiences in stories of good and evil. As we become agents in their complex narrative arcs, we develop skills of moral perception and decision-making. Adult Sunday School lesson/study guide by Robert Kruschwitz.
Why is evil more interesting, more attention-catching than goodness? The wicked and the unhappy always steal the show because sin and suffering are the most universal human experience. A sermon illustration by Wallace Stegner.
The Angel of Evil
This 19th century painting by Antoine Wiertz depicts the Angel of Evil.
Job's Evil Dreams
This 19th century engraving by William Blake depicts Job's evil dreams from Job 14:7.
Fear No Evil
A video based on Psalm 23, focusing on the promise that we do not need to fear any evil.
Full Text Hymns on Evil
In Evil Long I Took DelightPD
The world is very evilPD
No Evil Shall Befall TheePD
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Casting Out Evil Spirits
This music video introduces themes of evil, healing, and God's power as the text of Mark 1:21-28 is displayed against scenes of a poker match.
Evil and Kneeling
This article by Fr. Brian Mullady answers two specific questions regarding the Catholic position on the problem of evil and kneeling as the proper way to receive communion.
You Just Don't Get It, Do You?
The crowd in John 6 does not get it when Jesus reveals his divine identity and mission. Alyce McKenzie considers what things keep us from getting it when Jesus makes himself plain to us.
Walking in the Light
Alyce McKenzie demonstrates the way the Gospel of John shines light on the person of Jesus, revealing the Light of the World to be a source of both judgment and salvation.
Evil Doesn't Win
Asserting that evil does not win, this article by Andy Stoddard on Romans 8:28 shows how God used the murder of Stoddard's mother to give Stoddard safety, life, and faith.
History of Hymns: “Holy Darkness”
This offers background and commentary on Dan Schutte's 1988 hymn, “Holy Darkness.”
Fear No Evil Footage
In the world where evil exists, we have a Shepherd who protects us. A silent film with a footage of children which reminds us that we do not need to be afraid.
The Good and Evil Angels
This 1795-1805 century painting by William Blake depicts good and evil angels.