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Unimaginable Words This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Nicodemus in the Shadows Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Day1 | Author: Peter Wallace
Ekklesaphobia Post #2: The Protestant Principle The author addresses an issue he calls "Ekklesaphobia," which occurs when renewing parts of the Church fear embodying traditional practices of the faith. It specifically explores the topic of Protestantism. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch The Fear of the Colonialist Mistake This article argues that ecclesial practices, while in the past were often used as instruments of colonialist evils, can become the means for continual contextualization of the gospel when lead properly. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Advent Hope: Staying Afloat In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling
Fear of the Lord "Fear of the Lord is not only the beginning of wisdom. According to Scripture, fear of God is also the end as part of the consummating gift of salvation." Resource type: Article | Source: The Christian Reflection Project | Author: Russell Reno The Battle We Must Fight Reacting to a mass shooting, this devotional reflects on how the fear and courage shown by biblical figures can encourage us to join the mission against evil and persevere with courage as well. Resource type: Devotional | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Carolyn Custis James Dealing with Fear in Church Life In this practical how-to, Joan Huyser-Honig and various church leaders discuss how to help congregations work through fears about changes in worship. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Joan Huyser-Honig Full Text Hymns on Fear Give to the Winds Your FearsPD
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?PD
O love that casts out fearPD
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Don’t Be an Ekklesaphobe David Fitch argues that many people have developed “ekklesaphobia”—fear of the church—from abuse of authority or concerns about triumphalism or colonialism. Yet it is the church that is called to be God's instrument in the world.... Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Fear of Public Speaking In this sermon on Matthew 5:14-15, Lillian Daniel discusses the fear and anxiety many Christians feel about sharing their faith and offers suggestions for what they can do to overcome it. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Day1 | Author: Lillian Daniel Let Love Be Our Banner, Not Fear Reflecting on 1 John 4:18 in the face of mass shootings and other terrors, Tara Beth Leach urges us to orient our lives around God's love that casts out fear. Resource type: Devotional | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Tara Beth Leach Dangerous Place Fears are as individual as we are, and so is the courage we need to face them. The one constant is that God always goes with us—even through the valley of dangerous places He leads us.... Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: The High Calling | Author: Howard E. Butt, Jr. How to "Face" Your Fears Mark D. Roberts' sermon starter notes that Psalm 27:1-14 reflects David's struggle with fear. Facing one's fears means seeking the face of God (27:8), which involves turning one's attention and opening one's heart to God. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts There's No Fear in Jesus Charles Kirkpatrick's sermon for children uses a teddy bear as an object lesson and tells the story of Jesus walking on the water and then calming his disciples' fears (John 6:16-21). Resource type: Children's Sermon | Source: Sermons 4 Kids | Author: Charles Kirkpatrick
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