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.
Death Is Swallowed Up: Easter Sunday Resources (B)
Worship resources for Easter Sunday (Year B). Includes a litany, call to confession, prayer of confession, assurance of pardon, and song suggestions.
Advent resources: a folk ballad, "Every Valley," tells of the times when waiting is hard and hope is needed, a "Community Prayer for Waiting," a banner, a painting, another prayer, and two quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer....
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
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.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
The Unconventional and Unexpected of Advent
This brief reflection invite us into the Advent season as we wait, watch, and trust God in the big, the small, and the surprising things.
The Annunciation with God the Father
This 17th century painting by Jacopo Palma the Younger depicts the Annunciation with God the Father.
A Prayer of Thanksgiving to God the Father
This prayer thanking God the Father for his care and provision is suitable as a pastoral prayer and/or invocation for Father's Day or any order of worship. It serves well as a devotional prayer also.
Resurrection Apprehension: Lots of Ideas to Calm Those Easter Sermon Fears
Preaching on Easter every year can bring up apprehension, but Louis E. Lotz helps by giving possible sermon topics and thoughts.
Madonna and Child with God the Father Blessing and Angels
This 14th century painting by Jacopo di Cione depicts Mary sitting on the ground holding baby Jesus who reaches for her breast, a "Madonna of humility." God the Father blesses from above and angels surround them.
Full Text Hymns on God the Father
O Worship the King all glorious abovePD
Praise to the Lord, the AlmightyPD
We Praise You, O GodPD
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God the Father
"Like the Israelites, our children are not a problem to solve. They are people to love." In this article, Heather Moffitt writes about finding parenting advice in a surprising place: The book of Numbers.
The Royal Way
This article explores the connection between food and spirituality in Scripture and in various Christian traditions, arguing that both come together to build a spirituality of food that maintains health and feeds contemplative prayer.
The Father Revealed in the Son
This sixteenth-century woodcut depicts Matthew 11, where Jesus speaks to a crowd as God the Father watches from above.
Madonna and Child with God the Father and Cherubim
This late-15th century glazed terracotta by Andrea della Robbia depicts the Madonna and Christ-Child with God the Father and cherubim looking on.
Reclaiming the Truth that God Is Spirit
Chad Engelland explicates the principle that God is pure spirit. God the Father is not a "bearded old fogey." Creative words and images are needed to help people grasp this truth.
An Anthropology of Gaudium et Spes: God the Origin Without Origin
Discussing the Theological Anthropology in Gaudium et Spes, this article by Francis Etheredge on Genesis 1 and 2 presents the human as a creation in the likeness of Christ, the Trinity, and God the Creator.
In the Name of the Father
Reflections by John Kavanaugh on the difficulties of celebrating Trinity Sunday so near to Father’s Day. Kavanaugh concludes that we desperately need to understand God the Father, who is strangely also so like a mother.
Jesus Reveals the Father
Jesus teaches his disciples about God the Father, who appears as light above. The engraver's knife and monogram (CE) are placed to the lower right, and the 4-cross in the lower left