The Bad News is Part of the Good News
In this interview, Fleming Rutledge explores the themes of suffering and belief surrounding the Easter and Good Friday, as well as the implications of these stories for Christians in the rest of history.
A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc.
Lament: Ash Wednesday
This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Evil in Film
This sermon illustration looks at several film depictions of evil and darkness, suggesting that only by gazing into the dark do we thirst for Light and finally recognize it for what and how it is.
Setting the Captives Free
The remarkable story of 19th-century Indian social reformer Pandita Ramabai, places her among the many champions of women's rights who have given their lives to transform the lives of women snared in human trafficking's evil web....
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.
Hot Words in the Cold War
An article about a pivotal moment in the history of the Cold War: U.S. President Ronald Reagan calls the Soviet Union an "evil empire." This theologically-laden statement was heard "'round the world."
Full Text Hymns on Evil
In Evil Long I Took DelightPD
No Evil Shall Befall TheePD
The world is very evilPD
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Why Does God Allow Suffering and Evil in the World?
What is the best response to questions of suffering and evil? A rational theological system? Or a person who is willing to make space in their life for the brokenness of the world?
Responding to the Firm Grip of Evil
Explaining that God inflicted terrible plagues on the Egyptians because of the "stubbornness of evil," Stan Mast's commentary on Psalm 105 asserts Moses's mediating work to free God's people from misery prefigures Christ's redemptive work.
Overcoming Evil With Good
A worship planning guide including hymns, prayers, reflections, and more. The theme is the call to confront evil, based on Psalms 119 and 149, Ezekiel 33:7-11, Matthew 18:15-20, and Romans 13:8-14.
The Limit of Evil
By struggling against evil in our daily lives, we can build up our confidence in the coming of the kingdom. A devotional on the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Matthew 13:36-43).
The Evil Among Us
It is not surprising that Christians struggle with unity. We struggle because evil is still in the world But in this sermon on John 17:11b-19, Minerva Carcano reminds us that God is still working among us....
The Empty Space of Evil
Christians must be willing to name evil when they encounter it, says Mark Ralls, both in order to keep it at bay and to recognize our own culpability in it.
Good Conquering Evil
This article visually showcases a piece by contemporary stained glass by artist Marc Mulders (b. 1958). "The Last Judgment," in St. Jans Cathedral (Den Bosch, Netherlands), depicts Christ in the judgment seat over today's great evil--terrorism.
This quote argues that as a society, we need to hear each other praising good and denouncing evil in order to foster greater amounts of good in the world.