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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
Advent in the Marketplace Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of... Resource type: Article | Source: Fuller Studio | Author: Cameron Lee
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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
I Gave Up Gossip for Lent Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Dena Dyer
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
Reading Julian on Good Friday Drawing from the writings of Julian of Norwich, this Good Friday article by Jason Lief presents the sufferings of Christ on the cross as a symbol of finding new life in foolishness rather than honor. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve | Author: Jason Lief
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
Ash Wednesday Worship Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Debra Rienstra
Three Jesus-Inspired Ways to Respond to the Election In response to a political election, this article offers four ways to counteract injustice by following Jesus' example: Lamenting, using our position to challenge the system, giving away power, and obeying God's commands. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Ruthie Johnson Full Text Hymns on Good Shepherd Jesus, great Shepherd of the sheepPD
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What We Look For in Leaders—and How Jesus is Different This article highlights themes of leadership and humility by arguing that following Jesus' example of leadership means accepting the invitation to poverty and considering the needs of others before our own. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Natasha Sistrunk Robinson Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Discipleship Ministries
Advent Waiting 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.... Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship
Why Ash Wednesday? An article exploring Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
What We’re Missing When We Call Jesus “Teacher” or “Rescuer” In response to a theological discussion about how to correctly name Jesus, this article suggests that identifying Christ as "the Word made flesh" both recognizes the teaching of God and acknowledges Christ as the Great Rescuer. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Bill Walker Stupid is Repairable: Growing as Thoughtful Followers of Jesus You can't fix stupid. Or can you? Derek Vreeland offers a hopeful perspective on the process of discipleship that reminds us that the Holy Spirit can renew us to be the best version of ourselves. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland
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